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  • Writer's pictureGaila Cohen Morrison

Dear Gaila - homework refusnik!

Dear Gaila,

My 3rd grader won't do his homework. What's the big deal about it? Why do teachers give

out homework?


Worn-out parents

Dear W.O.P.,

Been there done that! It is not easy to instill good habits in our children. However, homework is essential as there is not enough time in school for our children to learn, absorb and review all that they are taught. That is the role of homework.

Homework plays a crucial part esspecially in learning math and language. Daily exposure to a language makes it easier to remember so doing a little reading or writing at times when there are no English lessons can be very beneficial.

Having said all this, if your child is extremely adamant about not doing homework it might be a sign that he is struggling with the subject. Talk to his teacher to see what he thinks about your child's progress.

Good luck!


Gaila has over 40 year of experience teaching and runs A.H.A.V.A., a non-profit to promote English literacy. Would you like to ask Gaila a question? Email us at or send us a message. Look out for more Dear Gaila columns

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