I have a set of parents who have been doing their kid's homework all year. In the fall it was actually coming in in their handwriting. I told them that that needs to stop, and they fought me on it. They said it was neater and easier for me to read if they wrote it. This is sixth grade, by the way. These parents constantly send notes asking that I write out the lesson so they can understand it. Or they call me at home asking questions. The last phone message I didn't respond to, and the next day I told the boy that his parents need to listen to HIM since I know that he knows how to do the work. They refuse to trust him, and he's a really neat kid. His homework is all A work. His classwork is C and D. He has no confidence in himself, and he doubts his judgement, gee, I wonder why!! Today was just the one that put me over the edge. I got a long letter from the dad requesting a conference, it would have to be after 5:00, and that they want all his homework shortened because it takes up too much of their evening. They also made a list of "formal and informal requirements" for me to follow. (I don't have a clue what that means.) I wrote a polite, but firm, note back to them that they were to let their son do all his homework on his own from now on. They could be there to explain things, but they were not to sit down with him and do the homework for him. I told them that we would try this method for the next two - three weeks so I could have an honest picture of what he could do and could not do on his own. I also told them that unless he had a special ed requirement that the homework would not be adjusted. Their problem is that their two older daughters were quite smart, and this boy is a great kid, but he is not a scholar. And they want A's.