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Schoolwork is something I have always been extremely strict on. Partly because of being a teacher and realizing the importance of the foundation learned in school, but also because my mother was the same way when my sisters and I were growing up and it was something I adopted and came to agree with her on.
All of my children are grown now, but fortunately not wanting to give effort was something I rarely had issues on with most of them. My son Jason was the one I had the most problems with and at times it stemmed from him not understanding the material, so he got frustrated.
Of course I never punished for that as that would only discourage him even more. I would do anything I had to help him get through his classes and what he was having trouble on, as long as he was still trying himself. But he also was no fan of school even when he did well in the class. So when he felt the need not to apply himself, that most certainly earned him spankings. And more sound spankings than normal, as well.
Andy, the boy I have babysat over the years and have come to look at like another son, he has been similar to how Jason was. Andy is extremely intelligent and can do very well when he applies himself, but has difficulty doing so at times because he just would rather do other things than schoolwork. He too has spent his fair share of (very sound) trips over my lap because of it.