My name is Lillian Seldridge. My website: https://maxhomework.com/blog/college-transition-words-and-phrases/ I am work as an English teacher. I am help children with homework. “But kids need to struggle,” some teachers say when parents raise concerns about student workload. A professor in graduate school dismissed parents who seek homework reform as “whiners who don’t want their kids to work hard at anything.” When families question the homework load, schools tend to dismiss parental concern as protectiveness run amok. And it’s getting even harder for parents to question certain homework practices now that “grit” has become one of the latest education buzzwords. The concept of grit, popularized by researcher Angela Duckworth and elaborated on in Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed, is compelling in large part because it plays into deeply rooted beliefs in the value of hard work. In Alfie Kohn’s provocative critique of Duckworth’s findings, he raises some key questions about the way grit research is used to justify some troubling education practices. He notes: While it’s true that some things need to be learned by rote (e.g., multiplication tables) and through significant repetition (e.g., instrumental music), most learning doesn’t quite happen that way. Grinding away at typical homework is unlikely to foster learning. And yet most classroom policies place homework completion at or near the top of the students’ priority list.