Many teachers assign homework to students every day. Do you think that daily homework is necessary for students? Use specific reasons and details to support your answer.
It is human being's nature to do homework. Despite their age, they still do their homework. Not only students, even an actor or a singer need to do homework. In school, almost all teachers give their students homework; it could be on daily basis or a day after another. Some students enjoy doing it while the others do not. So, the question here is, is daily homework necessary for students? Before I proceed, let us look at the meaning of daily homework. Daily homework means task or assignment given every day to students without failure.
In my opinion, daily homework is necessary. I support this because homework could be a platform for students to learn to be responsible. This is because homework given is to be done and submitted within a specific deadline or else they would be suffering from punishments from the teachers. So, students will be able to know the need of being responsible in order to finish up their homework. Plus, students will also learn to prioritize their work. In a day, there might be a few assignments with different deadlines. In this case, students can plan when they would like finish each assignment according to the deadlines. Therefore, it is proved that daily homework could be one of the way for students to be responsible and learn to prioritize they tasks.
Just by listening to lectures in class, one could not grasp everything. In another case, one might not understand when the teacher is teaching. A research conducted says that by listening our mind could grasp only about 20 percent of it. Whereas, when one does something practically, one could understand about 80 percent. This is where homework plays its role. Homework will help promote better understanding among students. In some other cases, students might understand what was taught in class, but most probably by the end of the day they would forget it. Therefore, homework could help them to refresh back what was taught. So, during exams, they need only a little bit of revision. By this way, there would be no more sleepless night and as a result, students could pass their exams with flying colours.
In fact, homework can act as an exercise or practice. For instance, let us take a look at the Mathematics subject. In class, teachers only teach us on the concepts involved in solving mathematical problems. Besides knowing the concepts, students should know the formulas. However, by knowing the concepts and formula alone would not help much. Students should be able to use them or in other words apply them when solving problems. They might learn in school, but how many problems use the same way of solving? Hence, practice is needed to make sure students really understand and know how to solve various questions. Plus, for one to be skillful, he or she needs lots of practice. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. So, rather than seeing homework as assignment needed to be submitted, why not see it as a free practice?
Although homework gives a lot of benefits to students, there is one thing that we need to consider. At times, when all teachers of all subjects give students homework, there comes a worry. This is so as homework consumes time. In order to finish up all the homework in time, students should spend time doing it. If the student is going to spend time completing his or her assignment, then when is the student going to study, do some revision or prepare for the next day? Risk of facing health problem will also increase among students since they have no time to exercise or go for a jog. The long term consequence is youth produced will be inactive and unhealthy. Is this what our country's mission? Obviously no. Therefore, daily homework could also be a burden to students at times.
In short, daily homework is necessary for students although there may be a few disadvantages of it. Looking at the bright side, I believe it will be beneficial to students although they might not realize it. If students try to organize their time properly, then daily homework would not be a problem to them. In fact, teachers should also play a part by limiting the assignment. They should consider themselves being a student with homework not only from them but from other teachers as well. All in all, something could always be useful to someone who knows who to make use of it.
By – John Bishop
“I hate homework.”
How can parents eliminate the nightly tug-of-war over homework?
In general, students are not excited about the homework they get assigned because they are bombarded with other options that seem far more exciting. Let’s face it – homework is no more exciting today than when we were kids. It was tough for us to do homework and we did not have nearly as many distractions as today’s students.
Their world includes instant communication, multi-tasking, cell phones, exciting video games, texting, and social networking. Homework is vying for your child’s attention against some tough competition.
Some students think homework is a waste of time. Others understand the intrinsic value of homework and take responsibility for doing it correctly and handling it in on time. However, the majority of students are somewhere in between there extremes.
The students that do their homework without a nightly battle view their education differently. They understand that for a couple of hours, schoolwork is the priority, and then they can move on to something more exciting. They understand that homework teaches them where their strengths are and where they need to spend more attention.
For most students, the problem may not be the homework, but in how they look at it. In the “good old days”, we did our homework because it was expected, and because there were far fewer options for our time. Parents should not compete head-on with today’s distractions, but rather try a different tactic.
To compete with the distractions, parents must get more buy-in on the importance of homework. Your job won’t be easy, but perhaps this list can help.
10 Benefits of Homework
- Homework teaches students about time management.
- Homework teaches students how to set priorities.
- Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons and material are being understood by their students.
- Homework teaches students how to problem solve.
- Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material.
- Homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.
- Homework teaches students that they have to do things, even when they don’t want to.
- Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
- Homework teaches students how to work independently.
- Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.
School and homework show students the important life lessons, such as how to read and communicate with others, that they will use as an adult. Homework also teaches students how to problem solve, think independently, and build an understanding and interest for the issues in our society.
We have to show our children and students that homework is not boring and is not a waste of time. We have to show them that there are numerous benefits of not only doing homework, but handing it in on time! If we allow students to only participate in video games of social media after all their homework is done, then homework becomes a win-win situation for parents and their students.
Background Information on John Bishop:
John Bishop is the Executive Director of Accent On SuccessÃ‚Â® and author of the Goal Setting for Students Ã‚Â® book which has recently won three national book awards.
John Bishop went to a parent-teacher conference at a “magnet” school in the St. Louis Public School system. There were essays on a bulletin board in one of his granddaughter’s classrooms entitled “The Night”. One seventh grade girl wrote:
“I’m not afraid of the night. I’m not even afraid when I hear bullets. I take my brother and we lay down in the bathtub until the shooting stops.”
This was the night Mr. Bishop dedicated himself to doing something to help students. With the help of over twenty-five professionals with advanced degrees in education and curriculum development, he wrote the Goal Setting for Students Ã‚Â® book, in order to get children involved in school and education even if there are outside, negative influences holding them back.
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