I would like to point out where the analogy between chores and homework breaks down. Although both activities take place in the home, parents are the authorities when it comes to chores; teachers are the authorities when it comes to homework. There is considerable risk that the enforcement of homework over the parents’ desires creates lessons that are destructive for children to learn. For example, it does not help children to see their parents feeling powerless to make decisions in their own homes. It all depends on the child, the parent, and the assignment. Most parents start with the expectation of supporting the school in what it requires. If it works, it works. But when it does not work, teachers need to defer to parents as the final decision-makers in their own homes.
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Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers, and Students, published by Wyndmoor Press.