ERIC Number: EJ795702
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 2
Academic Achievement in an Age of Irresponsibility
Dichele, Anne M.
Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, v10 n1 p29-33 Spr-Sum 2006
Contemporary American culture has taken on protecting children from the consequences of their own actions so much that parents are raising children for whom being responsible for one's own actions and one's own work is anathema to "good parenting." Unlike the culture of the past, many parents spend hours on end with their children under the guise of "helping them" with their homework. Many parents complain about the time spent doing homework with their children, and the pressure such demands place on evenings at home. Clearly, if parents are complaining about too much homework, they are doing too much for their children. Teachers, too, are partly to blame because many of them presume that those adults at home will help a child if that child encounters problems while doing homework. In this article, the author argues that the failure of parents to allow children to take responsibility for their actions leads children to continue to live irresponsibly, and to continue to blame others for their actions. She suggests that educators begin to consider seriously this 21st century trend towards irresponsibility and the lack of persistence that students show in the face of academic difficulty. The pressure of "No Child Left Behind" cannot mean that parents or teachers must pick up and carry a child each time they fall. Such children may not be left behind in the immediate; but that child, as an adult, most certainly will be.
Descriptors: Homework, Federal Legislation, Academic Persistence, Academic Achievement, Student Responsibility, Parenting Skills, Parent Participation, Teacher Attitudes, Child Behavior, Student Motivation, Teacher Education, Personal Narratives, Elementary School Students
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001