Solving Problems: Homework Refusal

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Is your child off to a good start in school this year or do you already see signs of problems? Lack of enthusiasm. Disagreeable about going to school. Refusal to complete homework assignments.

Do you have a "master of deception" in your house who says he has no homework? By the time you learn that he did, he has another "0."

In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate Sue Whitney analyzes a parent's concerns about homework refusal and school failure, identifies key issues, and offers strategies to resolve the problems.

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Master of Deception: Homework Refusal & Failure

"My son is a sophomore in high school. He is a master of deception. He says he has no homework. By the time I learn that he did, he has another "0." He is failing and won't graduate on time. I'm afraid he will drop out.

"Can I demand that the teachers give me his homework assignments? When I request this information, the teachers won't give it to me. I'm told that 'teachers are too busy.'"

What do you think? Do parents have a right to demand that teachers provide a list of homework assignments? Will this solve the problem?

Find answers in Dealing with a Master of Deception: Homework Refusal and Failure.


The High Cost of School Failure and Dropping Out

People do not consciously choose to fail. If your child refuses to do his homework, he may be on the road to failure. He is sabotaging himself.

Twice as many children with disabilities drop out of school, when compared to students who are not disabled. Of students who drop out, 36% have learning disabilities and 59% have emotional and/or behavioral disabilities.

High school dropouts have a host of problems —unemployment, underemployment, and incarceration. The unemployment rate for dropouts is 40% higher than for students who finish high school.

Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 1995 Juvenile offenders and victims: A national report. Pittsburgh, PA: National Center for Juvenile Justice.

Parents: Doing Your Homework

Find more information about:

  • reading
  • high-stakes testing
  • retention
  • creative advocacy strategies
  • NCLB

In Doing Your Homework, Sue Whitney writes about these topics and strategies for using federal education standards to advocate for children and to improve public schools.

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Problem Solving: Need Help?

Learn how to build your team. Get educated about your child's disability, find your state special ed regulations, find special education advocacy training, locate a parent group, and get legal and advocacy help.

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