At recent parent/teacher conferences for our older son, we heard things like this:
“a really nice kid”
“a pleasure to have in class”
“has natural aptitude”
“so much potential”
“participates in discussions”
“catches on quickly”
“scores well on tests”
“bright, bright boy”
But every one of the teachers also said things like this:
“doesn’t do his homework”
“turns in assignments late, if at all”
“skips over preliminary work”
I’ve got to tell you, it’s frustrating. My boy has a real aversion to homework, and an overwhelming capacity for denial about its importance. Once he gets to college, there won’t be as much of a “homework” issue. He’ll be able to go to class, read the texts, absorb the material, and take the tests. Of course there will still be papers to write and so forth, but, on the whole, there will be less of what he considers “busy work.” However, if he doesn’t start doing a better job on his homework now, he’s not going to have the grades to get into the college of his choice.
Naturally, he isn’t receptive to hearing any of this. Kids!