Menu

Education Today Logo


newsletter

Education Today Cover Browse Issue

Two generations use same excuse for not doing homework

News Image

‘I forgot’ remains the most popular excuse given for not having done your homework. A recent survey revealed 31.7% of parents used the line when they were children and 31.8% of their offspring are still giving the same reason for not turning in their work.

Over 1000 parents and 500 school children aged 11–16 years took part in the nationwide survey. Undertaken by Firefly Learning, the research also revealed that while it’s a good idea to get parents involved in school and homework, many parents have no idea.

Almost 30% of parents are unable to assist their children with homework as they don’t understand the task at hand and 24.6% said it was hard to enforce completion of homework as they were working.

Forgetting was the main excuse for 11- and 12-year-olds, while 16-year-olds said they had too much homework to complete. However, the real reason for not completing homework across all ages was a preference for alternative demands like out of school interests and busy schedules (26%).

The results also revealed that many parents had a difficult time getting children to do their homework, 47% said it was very hard but not for all; 32.9% said it was not hard to have children complete set homework.

But it wasn't all bad news as 34.4% of children said that they would prefer to clean their rooms rather than do their homework, so there is an upside.

Firefly Learning makes the point that problems with homework can be addressed with technology. Software can open an intuitive three-way dialogue between the school, parents and students so communication links are strong, ensuring student gaps or concerns are recognised and tackled early.

Denise Bramhall, Sales Manager Australia for Firefly Learning says, “Parents want to feel confident in guiding their children and need the background and resources readily accessible to do this. The demands of modern households make it challenging for parents to garner the insights to support their children.”


13 Jun 2019 | International
16 year old UWA music prodigy best in the world News Image

Ready for a what am I doing with my life moment? Here you go; 16-year-old Shuan Hern Lee a student from The University of Western Australia has been named the best junior pianist in the world. Read More

13 Jun 2019 | Sydney
Vivid Sydney shared with students from regional Australia News Image

Students from Mount Burr in South Australia will get the opportunity to visit the emerald city and see the world-famous Vivid festival, evening up the disparity in experiences between city and regional students. Read More

13 Jun 2019 | National
Education hack attacks up and looking for money News Image

Education look out; there was a noticeable shift towards financially motivated cyber crime (80%) in educational services.
Read More

13 Jun 2019 | National
Jobs for teachers see most growth News Image

Jobs are down a bit from last year according to SEEK but the good news is that wages are up and it’s still great to be a teacher or in education.
Read More

13 Jun 2019
NESLI’s global experts to tackle education leadership in low GDP areas News Image

The National Excellence in Schools Leadership Institute (NESLI) have announced the ten global experts who will make up NESLI’s inaugural advisory board.
Read More