Analysis Of Karl Taro Greenfield 's Article Essay

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Karl Taro Greenfield’s article published in the October 2013 issue of The Atlantic discusses the potential drawbacks of a heavy workload on middle school American students, specifically his 13 year old daughter, Esmee. Greenfield addresses these drawbacks by choosing to complete his daughter’s homework for an entire week to truly see how the other half lives. My Daughter’s Homework is Killing Me successfully brings to life the hardships that today’s students face concerning the time the spend on homework and the lack of teacher understanding regarding the topic. Greenfield opens the article by criticizing the school system for the number of hours of homework assigned to his daughter each night. He approaches this argument by comparing it to returning home from a long day of work and undergoing “another four or so hours of office work.” This comparison is relevant because school is essentially the student’s job and first priority until they graduate. If students are expected to put in at least four hours of overtime each day after work, it is unfair for adults to be held to a different standard. Greenfield also analyzes his daughter’s learning experience in relation to his own as an eighth grader in Southern California, stating that “it was totally plausible that eighth grader would have no homework at all” during that time. While this is most likely true, Greenfield was in eighth grade about 40 years ago, and times have shifted dramatically since then. Kids today live in…

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