Homework sucks. Kids know it. Parents know it, because they spend so much time doing it.
Come on. Let’s not pretend that all kids go home, sit quietly at a table, finish their homework, then run outside and play. Around Australia – and around the world – there is a massive amount of parental involvement in homework. Maybe it’s not meant to happen, but it does.
I remember, years ago, looking over at a colleague’s computer at work, and seeing something about house construction on her screen.
“I’m just researching my daughter’s homework,” she told me. “She gets given so much.”
Her daughter was in kindergarten at the time.
So many parents do it. Maybe they test their kids on their spelling words for that week. Maybe they make that incredibly intricate model of an alien from a toilet roll. Maybe they rewrite that essay on the French Revolution.
They’re only doing it because they care about their kids, and want the best for them. But is it the right thing to do?