Is Homework Essential

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Homework is given to students as an extra learning utensil for outside of the classroom. Experts from New York Times are contemplating whether homework is fair because some students have an advantage due to parental support while others do not. Viewpoints range from those who believe homework is essential to those who believe it is a waste of time. Also, experts are not against parents involvement with students’ school work but rather they are questioning the extent of help. I believe homework is essential but there is a fine line between support and doing the work for the students. Homework can provide students with responsibility, a better learning of how to use the resources around them wisely, and a better knowledge of how well they know …show more content…
Martha Brockenbrough, a mother of a 10 and 14 year old, says, “Once upon a time, I did everything for them. Then they learned and took over. This is a core principle of parenthood for me: If my kids can do it themselves, I don’t do it for them.” Martha raised her kids in a fashion where they now can take on the responsibilities of homework with minimal help from their mother. Erika Patall, an assistant professor of educational psychology, believes students who have a clearly defined routine around homework are more likely to think they can overcome challenges while doing homework, take more responsibility for learning, and do better in school. She believes, “Homework is an especially good opportunity for parents to help young kids develop self-regulatory skills, by modeling study strategies and helping students set goals and make plans for completing …show more content…
Homework is a way of testing and practicing skills that have been learned inside a class. For example, a typical day in my 9th period PreCalc class consists of learning a new lesson. Each time we learn a new lesson we are given problems out of the book to work through for homework. These practice problems allow for students to take what they have learned in the class and attempt it on their own. Without practice like this, students may never fully understand and master certain math concepts. An issue that Milner, a professor of urban education at the University of Pittsburgh, brings to the table is that some students don’t have access to any help outside of the classroom. Although practice math problems are meant to be done on your own, there is always room for students to ask parents questions. Milner believes homework should be removed altogether because it is unfair that some students have very helpful parents while other students don’t have parents to help them at all. He says, “Although I agree that homework could potentially enhance in-class learning, questions about the uneven distribution of resources to assist students should be at the very heart of our philosophies and practices in deciding on assignments.” I don’t believe that homework should be removed entirely because of this reason. These students can ask for opportunities to meet with the

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