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Homework a Struggle for Many Parents

By Karla Scoon Reid — September 24, 2013 1 min read

A new survey finds nearly 50 percent of parents making an almost taboo admission: They struggle to help their children with homework. And many parents—46.5 percent—simply don’t understand the subject matter.

The National Center for Family Literacy and Google surveyed parents with students in grades 1 through 12 last month about homework issues. The online poll released last week includes responses from roughly 300 parents.

Almost a third of parents said their homework frustrations were because “my child doesn’t want my help.” Another 21.9 percent admitted that they were “too busy” to spend time reviewing homework.

The Louisville, Ky.-based group is offering parents some guidance to help mitigate their homework frustrations.

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A version of this article appeared in the September 25, 2013 edition of Education Week as Homework a Struggle For Many Parents

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