When it’s thoughtfully assigned, homework provides deeper engagement with material introduced in class.
And even when it’s “just” worksheets, homework can build the automatic habits and the basic skills required to tackle more interesting endeavors. Adult life brings its share of tasks that are both compulsory and unenjoyable.
So we used a statistical technique that would account for many overlapping factors, such as how well parents and their children get along, the number of siblings, and behavior at school.
Our results also indicated that children with low test scores benefited the most when their parents frequently helped with homework.
However, evidence suggests that the quality of homework help also matters.
Parents can make a difference through warm encouragement and a positive outlook and by communicating high expectations to children.The federal Department of Education says that parents play an important role in their children's learning when they help with homework.Yet parents often hear through the media that helping with homework may not be worth it. Helping with homework is one of the most common things that parents say they do to support their children's learning.Many experts have found that helping with homework cultivates positive learning behaviors, reinforces class material and signals to children that their education is important.In other words, calls for all parents to stop helping with homework could end up hurting some children.In addition, one common concern is that only affluent and highly educated parents have the time and resources to help their children with homework regularly.That is, frequent homework help from parents might not be the cause of problems, but rather, coincide with them.My colleague and I wanted to see if this was the case.But this finding does not necessarily mean that moms and dads do harm when they help with homework.When children are struggling in school, parents may step in to help more often.