# 11 Homework, Is it for parents or students?
Homework is the student's responsibility. Parents should provide needed materials and a quiet place to work. Homework should not have tasks that have not previously been taught in school. All students should know what to do because directions should have been made clear in school, and homework is meant to be a review. I have had a friend whose children have come home from school, got a snack, and all four of them have sat at the kitchen table and have quietly and independently done their homework. Not surprisingly, all four were A students at the top of their class.
I always made clear at Open House that I do not give parent homework, because they have already graduated from the grade I was currently teaching. Most parents were pleased but some were very vocal in disagreement. I would say that this was my opinion and as a parent they should do what works for them. One parent insisted that it was her responsibility as a parent to sit with her child in case he had questions. I repeated that, as the parent, she should do whatever works for her family. I also stated that if a student was unable to do homework independently at home, than that child was also unable to work independently at school. This was the case with this student. He would sit at his desk and play with objects and bother those around him. He was used to his mother telling him exactly what to do, and was not able to work on his own.
After teaching the concept, having students practice, and giving time for students to pair up and explain the concept to each other, I would call on one or two students to explain to the class that night's homework. I usually passed out the homework and had students begin. After about ten minutes I asked the students to put the work in their folder and complete it for homework.