Q:

Since homework doesn't truly affect achievement in elementary school, I am wondering why teachers still want children to have nightly assignments? -- Puzzled Parent

A:

The value of homework is not limited to achievement. If your children can get just some of the following benefits that doing homework brings, it will make it so much easier for them to be top students at school:

  • The opportunity for additional practice of skills learned in the classroom.
  • The acquisition of good study skills.
  • The development of time-management skills.
  • Learning how to be organized.
  • The development of such traits as initiative, independence and responsibility.
  • The extension of learning beyond the classroom.
  • Getting in the homework habit for later grades.
  • Letting parents see how their children handle schoolwork.