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Are you doing your kids' homework for them?

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That's the worry in this well done Chicago Tribune article on parents and homework.

Love the anecdote about the engineer parent and the $30,000 science fair project. Wait 'til my kids get a "make your own magazine" project, right? Maybe I can bring in our art director and editorial staff for that one.

I completely get the temptation.Who doesn't want the project to look just right? But -- as a former teacher -- I can see the downside. If we tie our kids' shoes for them every time (or just buy them velcro), will they learn to do it on their own? No way. Homework is meant to be practice. Most good teachers use it to assess if the school lessons are taking hold and if more review is needed. No way for teacher to make that assessment for your child, if the homework is done by you.

Homework best practices is right up our alley here at SchoolFamily.com. Check out our complete parents and homework article archive for a good start.
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#1 Angela Norton Tyler 2009-03-25 21:41
I tell my own daughter that while other students may show up with a 'prettier' project because their parents did most of the work, I am proud of her for doing her own project- and she should be proud of herself. Those students may look like winners, but they aren't developing into confident, capable and independent students.

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