Volume 21, Number 2
Reinforcement, Richness, and Relationships
The Three R’s of One Model Afterschool Program
Three well-scrubbed eighth graders sit around a conference table at the Richard J. Murphy School in Boston and politely explain why they come to Prime Time, the Murphy’s afterschool program: homework help.This is an excerpt from the Harvard Education Letter. Subscribers can click here to continue reading this article. Click here to become a subscriber.
“My parents can’t really help me; the work is new for them,” says Gerald. If he couldn’t go to Prime Time, he adds, “I’d be frustrated at home. It would be difficult for me to do my work.”
Nick agrees: “All the teachers stay, so if you don’t understand the assignment, you can go talk to the teacher that assigned it.”
Stephanie says that if she went home to do homework she’d experience a lot more computer crashes, and she wouldn’t have the library nearby.
But is homework help the real reason these students come to Prime Time?