I've just received my son's 6th grade homework guidelines, which include the following provisions about a particular homework contingency:
The "I Don't Understand It" Homework (receives full credit)These guidelines also require children who do understand the problems to explain their answers, and, though they don't say so explicitly, the protocol at our school is to deny full credit to unexplained answers, however correct.
If you genuinely do not understand all or part of a problem, you must copy it completely, and explain in sentences what steps you took to try to do the problem. Write down the questions that you would ask me if I were with you. It is not enough to say, "I don't understand."
Please have your parent sign your homework. This signature is worth 1/2 pt extra credit!