No More Homework!
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No More Homework!

I mean, best news ever, right? I have no doubt that it wasn’t just the students celebrating when Texas teacher Brandy Young told her second graders that they wouldn’t have homework this year—you know the parents were ecstatic.  You would be, too.

But is it best for our kids? Should kids even have homework in the second grade? (Did you and I? I’ll deny it, but that was a long time ago….)

Is homework bad or good? 
Well, that depends. On the plus side, homework teaches responsibility and time discipline, and it’s a good way for kids to catch up on an area in which they’re struggling. On the downside, in some cases, homework can take a long time. And let’s be honest: if the homework is so difficult that a parent is doing the work, it’s not benefiting anyone. 

The bottom line? The sole act of completing homework isn’t what will set your child up for success; it’s how your child does homework and what else they do in their afternoon that will make a difference. 

What exactly makes the difference? Here’s what to do: