Answer:  

Only if the teacher is sure that
someone who has the desire, time,
and ability to teach the skills required
will be available to help the child that
evening.

A better type of homework is that
which reinforces skills taught in
class.  But it's often hard for
teachers to find worksheets that are
directly related to what was learned
in class.  

Excel Math is a terrific program, because
every page had skills that had been taught
earlier in the year.  If a student did not
grasp the most recent lessons, he still had
homework he could do.  I always told my
students to simply cross out any problems
they couldn't do.  It always amazed me how
few problems were crossed out.  90% of
the class did every problem, and the rest of
the kids did most of the problems.

Why don't the big textbook companies, who
rake in huge sums of taxpayer dollars every
year, produce a program like Excel Math to
go with the new math standards?
Homework
Should children be given homework that they
don't know how to do?
WHY NOT
let each
classroom
teacher,
instead of
administrators
or union
leaders, decide
what materials
are needed in
his or her own
classroom?
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