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Homework Wars

This week's Parent Talk topic.

Each week, our council of experts and smart parents take your questions, give advice and share solutions in this parenting column. This feature will also be the place to drop in for a talk about the latest parenting hot topic.

So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a topic and question:

It's that time of the year again...school time! And that means homework. It's not uncommon for parents to be roped into homework though.

How do you make sure your kids do all their homework? If they do not understand the assignment, how do you help? What if you don't understand it yourself? Finally, how much is too much homework?

Please comment in the box below, and check Norton Patch every Wednesday at 1 p.m. for this segment.

Trot Nixon September 15, 2011 at 03:08 PM
I think at the high school level...teachers should do what college professors do...they need to do an updated syllabus with what is due and when...maybe limit daily "busy work" homework with weekly papers. During my time at NHS, I found myself doing homework that was considered "busy work" and it didn't spark any interest because doing worksheets from textbooks just never did the trick. When you can investigate a topic and do some research, I think that sparks a students interest, especially if they are interested in the subject.
Kelly A. Mello September 15, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I like that idea of a syllabus...that way kids can get ahead if they can/want to.
Sean Brodeur October 06, 2011 at 11:16 PM
I actually think younger students and their parents could benefit from elementary and middle school teachers doing the same thing. This way, parents and the students know what to expect and can plan accordingly... or, in some cases, the parents can remind their kids when to work on assignments. Teachers can discuss the syllabi during Parent Teacher Conferences so parents will be knowledgeable and will not need to drive to Wal*Mart at 9pm to get a tri fold for the History presentation due tomorrow.

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