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Families play a vital role in educating America's children. What families do is more important to student success than whether they are rich or poor, whether parents have finished high school or not, or whether children are in elementary, junior high, or high school. This book contributes to the drive to increase family involvement in children's learning. Chapters: why do teachers assign homework? does homework help children learn? what's the right amount of homework? how to help: show you think education and homework are important; monitor assignments, provide guidance, and talk with someone at school to resolve problems.