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Parents often complete their kid’s homework assignments to try and “help” them, but this doing so may actually hamper their learning, reports Psychology Today’s Garth Sundem.Sundem learned this the hard way, when he attempted to help (i.e., complete) his child’s homework.
Asking the Twitterverse for advice, Sandra Aamodt, former editor of Neuroscience, stepped up and tweeted this response:
“Costs of unfortunate results are low in kindergarten, will be higher later on. Let the kid figure it out.”
The advice led Sundem to find academic studies supporting her thoughts. One particular 2000 white paper, “Homework in the Home,” correlated autonomy with higher test scores and grades, especially among elementary students. The more involved the parent was, the lower their scores, the researchers found.
We think this is a good incentive to spend less time helping your child with his algebra, and more on your side job or claiming all those sweet tax deductions. Then again, a lot of us could use a crash course in maths.