Argumentative Essay : Harmful Or Helpful?

1186 Words Dec 10th, 2014 5 Pages
Brittney Stevens
AP Language and Composition
20 November 2014
Harmful or Helpful? Homework is a heavy burden I have been carrying my entire life. As a junior in high school, I am consistently spending hours upon hours cramming as much information as possible into my brain just for the sake of homework. What is the justification for this life consuming dedication simply labeled, “homework”? Is homework harmful or helpful? Is it something that, as many students claim, just eats up their time and energy for no real purpose? What needs to be done to change the role of homework in students’ lives? Although some may think that homework is an utter waste of time and energy, it helps to reinforce what one has learned in school and allows students to develop and improve their intellectual capabilities. Homework is paramount in education because it helps to further a child’s knowledge and reinforce what they have learned. Most teachers agree that homework is a helpful tool that benefits the student. "Many teachers feel like they 're bad teachers if they don 't give homework," said Cathy Vatterott, a professor of education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "They want children to practice, and it reinforces what they 've already taught." Teachers feel that they have done a disservice to their students by not assigning them homework. How can students grow and succeed academically if they don’t practice what they have learned? Christy Kutz, Lee County 's…

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