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I absolutely agree that we have to question homework policy and recognize that for some children, it is truly harmful. The problem with arriving at consensus is that the effects of homework vary from one child to another. As a parent of three children, I can attest to the fact that, for two of my children, whether or not homework helped, it certainly did not cause the type of harm that would cause me to question the judgment and authority of their teachers. For one of my children, the harm was extremely significant. The saddest part is that the system rendered me helpless to use my judgment to help him out of the bind. That is why I eventually wrote my book, The Homework Trap. I hope educators and parents realize that some children are greatly harmed by homework and that parents need effective methods to protect them from that harm and the authority to implement those solutions.
Dr. Kenneth Goldberg is a clinical psychologist with 35 years of professional experience in dealing with many different psychological issues. He is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers and currently works in his own private practice.
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