Homework and brussels sprouts trigger the same response in kids – it’s not something they look forward to. But that’s changing with the Web coming to the rescue as the homework helper.
Mario Garcia, who is a sbustitute teacher remembers doing his homework vividly: “When I was in school, homework was an everyday thing,” said 50-year-old Garcia who is pursuing a master’s in social work.
He added, “You get home, get something to eat, change clothes and get to work. Nothing else got done until homework was completed,” reports The Associated Press.
If you’re fourty-something, this is the way most of us remember homework.
Garcia recalls spending about 2.5 hours every night on his homework. His son, 14-year old Mario Garcia, spends more time on the Web than on his texts. In fact, the Zia Middle School where he is an eighth grader does not provide texts for him to take home. Most of his subject textbooks stay in school and he doesn’t need to bring it home to do his homework.
Garcia Jr. told AP, “It’s easy to go online and get help,” adding that, “it’s better if you can understand it and not just copy it.
Charles Wagner who teaches science at Camino Real Middle School comments that homework is mostly to reinforce ideas that are already discussed in the classroom. Incidentally, Wagner allows his students to access his texts online, and the homework assignments are typically constructed by incorporating the Internet into the curriculum.
“But I tell them, the Internet is like the Wild West — people can put anything out there,” Wagner was quoted as saying by AP. “I make them find three different sources and list them.”
Despite these changes, Garcia still goes by the principle that parents need to instill value in education and show interest in children’s homework.
“My mom and dad only had three or four years of education, but they instilled in me the importance of education,” Garcia said. “My mother — she might not have known what she was looking at, but she was checking to make sure it was done,” reports AP.
Jacob Cherian writes for SourcinLine.