Homework Concern: What To Do When Students DON’T Do It
“WHAT’S THE POINT? WHY DO I NEED TO DO IT?”
The child who asks this question is begging to understand a real-world purpose for homework. They need help understanding that homework is not just practice on the topic taught in class, but practice for developing responsibility. Homework may not be fun, but completing it on time is good practice for the day when they are employed and have to complete a project on time. It is practice for paying bills and keeping a roof over their head.
Doing homework helps build responsibility skills in the same way that lifting weights build muscle. They literally program neuron pathways in the brain that develop responsibility. Developing “responsibility muscle” will directly impact their ability to earn more money in the future.
“IT TAKES TOO MUCH TIME!”
Homework takes too much time because students do not know strategic learning skills for doing homework more efficiently. They are also busy “multi-tasking” by doing homework while texting, watching TV, or “surfing the internet” which is a major time drain. Teach your children time-management and study skills to help them cut homework time or enroll them in a study skills class.
“HOMEWORK CAUSES FIGHTS IN OUR FAMILLY.”
As I have said many times, homework is the greatest lever of control that a student has over their parent(s). They may not quite realize they are striving for control, but they do know that they don’t like being told what to do.
“IT’S JUST A COUPLE OF ASSIGNMENTS. WHAT’S THE BIG DEAL?”
Children are often oblivious to the impact one or two “zeros” have on their overall grade. Encourage them to track their grades so they can see the math for themselves. If your school makes grades available electronically, have them log in and see how their grade changed after that big ‘ol “0” was plopped in the homework column. In 95% of middle and high school classes, students can pass with a “C” if they simply turn in all homework and show up for tests and quizzes. It’s not rocket science… but they think it is until they see the math for themselves.
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