Persuasive Essay On The Importance Of Homework

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Along with other factors, homework is a prominent reason why some students dread going to school. No student wants to go to school for eight hours a day, just to go home to complete homework for another three or more hours, and on top of this, hold down a job or participate in extracurricular activities. Homework has been a customary practice since the first public school was opened. Even though it has been around for so long, recent research states that there are times when completing homework is no longer beneficial for the students. These studies show that teachers should reconsider assigning homework that would take more than one and a half hours to complete. It is believed that homework that takes more time to complete does not necessarily …show more content…
Just because teachers assign homework and expect it to be completed at home, it does not necessarily mean that it will be. Students making it a priority to complete assignments on their own often depends on the home environment in which he/she lives. Studies have shown that the more parents are involved with helping their child complete his/her homework, the more likely the child will be to consider it valuable and be willing to complete it. Homework is supposed to be assigned to create other skills that students need to be successful in school. Since “homework has an immediate effect on the retention and understanding of the material it covers [and] it not only enhances individual learning, [but] it [also] facilitates peer learning” (Addison 332), some might say that it would be very beneficial to students. To actually prove whether homework is beneficial or not, it is necessary to gather research and the opinions of students. It is possible that homework could improve skills, however, if students do not think it is beneficial, they will not put forth the necessary effort. Considering “that only …show more content…
There are three main types of learning styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. There are different ways to incorporate these varying styles into homework assignments. Including the varied learning styles, different techniques need to be used in the assignment. According to leading expert Robert J. Marzano, hands-on activities, visual charts, small group collaborations, and identification techniques are the most beneficial utilities to students (1). The benefits of homework depends on the reason it is assigned. If the reason does not interest the student, most likely it will not be beneficial. When choosing to assign homework, teachers should consider both the type of homework and the students’ learning styles. “Problem solving and doing research on a topic were the most commonly assigned homework types, while making summaries and memorizing information and formulas were the least preferred types” (Tas 45). The students’ preference of the types of homework could be a factor in determining if they feel that homework is beneficial to them or not. If the student does not prefer a certain type of homework, they most likely will not do it when it is assigned, therefore, it becomes less beneficial to them. No matter the type of homework that is assigned or the teacher or student’s preference, learning styles must also be considered. When a

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