Essay on Is Homework Helpful or Harmful to Students

1998 Words Mar 22nd, 2006 8 Pages
Homework has been around for a very long time. It is set and traced as a tradition of having teachers assigning work and students completing it. Parents say that teachers require it; teachers say that parents demand more of it. Teachers assign homework to help some students improve their grade and pass the course for those of who do not do well on tests or standardized examinations. Schools require a certain amount of hours of homework to be assigned to each student. When students bring back work to be done at home, many controversies arise. Many families have enough work to do without adding a full night of homework on top of it. Stress, arguments and time frustrations can encase the family with problems. Can homework be considered …show more content…
Watching TV pulled in an extensive 2666 minutes in 1981 and 2382 minutes in 1997. Students spent a vast amount of time watching TV and a considerably less amount of time studying homework. The amount of weekly time devoted to studying increased from one hour and 53 minutes (7 minutes a day) in 1981 to two hours and 16 minutes (18 minutes a day) in 1997; this was an increase of 23 minutes a week. The 13 and a half hours that children continue to devote to television each week is more than six times the amount of time spent studying. Hofferth, from the University of Michigan, says that kids are sleeping, going to school, playing, eating, attending to personal care, participating in sports, going to day care, shopping, visiting, and working around the house more than studying homework, so she finds homework is more of a passive leisure activity. Parents should be aware of this data, especially those who have children doing up to and beyond 3 hours per night. Those students who spend hours at night completing homework should be closely observed, for they might have a learning disability. This problem can be taken care of through parental participation. Neo-conservative Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has argued that "every child in America should be required to do at least 2 hours of homework a night, or they're being cheated for the rest of their lives." And Gingrich isn't alone. There are many books written about the concerns

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