In an ongoing series in this column, we highlight one of Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets that have a powerful positive impact on young people’s growth. These 40 assets comprise qualities, experiences, and relationships that help young people grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. Asset #23 is Homework.
The school year is well under way and the carefree days of summer are sadly behind us. Perhaps the most dreaded part of going back to school is homework. Most students would rather play video games or hang out with their friends than sit down to read The Odyssey or work on math problems. But any goal worth achieving takes hard work. As for school, this means work that takes place both in the classroom and at home. Doing homework not only helps students reach their academic goals, but it also teaches them to follow directions, manage their time, and work independently.