Hands Off the Homework

Report indicates teachers are wise to the parent project

Sometimes it's hard to draw the line between parental responsibility and giving your kid a free ride.

Where homework is concerned, it looks like schools are catching on.

Today's parents certainly aren't the first to be heavy-handed. But Wednesday's Daily Herald reported that "teachers say the help seems to be escalating," citing a variety of reasons, not the least of which are the push for parental involvement and the pressure to get into good colleges.

So now, the paper reports, several school districts are opting for more in-class assignments, studying the meaning of grades and flat-out reminding parents not to do their child's work.

Experts caution that over-reaching may undercut a student's self-confidence.

"At some point, you have to let go. The longer you rewrite, revise, build and glue for your child, the less likely they'll be able to do it on their own," Burr Ridge school superintendent Steve Griesbach told the Herald.

Besides, teachers and students say that parent-cheaters aren't fooling anyone.

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