It should be no surprise to anyone that the right kind of homework, for the right reasons and in the right amount, can improve a student’s academic success. Yet, as I wrote yesterday, some parents are trying to stop that practice altogether.
Why? Because it seems that some parents feel that classroom teachers are simply giving out busy work, like worksheets with exercises that apparently have no purpose other than to eat up huge chunks of valuable after-school family time. However, are those exercises what we used to call drills about mastery — say of the times tables, multiplication and division? If so, they serve a very important purpose.