Persuasive Essay Homework

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introduction

I wrote this essay assignment on 9th Apr in 2014. This essay was to right an argument and persuasive essay, using toulmin model that we learned in class. We had to find evidence online, and do the bibliography.

reflection

Finding the data and work citing was the hardest part. We had to find accurate data which can make the claim strong and persuasive. We also had to write all the materials we used and referred. I think I did well on the body paragraphs. If I can write again, I'd like to try devil's advocate, to support the opposite opinion. I learned how to claim, use evidence, find warrant, and how to conclude.




Homework benefits students

     Compared to the past, the amount of homework that schools assign for students became more and more. Some people argue that school should ban homework, but do homework really not have benefits? I think homework is necessary, and shouldn’t be banned. Homework is not only good for reviewing studies in the classes, but also can assess how well students understand and how well the teachers teach. Also, some people argue that the time students spend doing homework is a waste, but it’s not true. In fact, managing time for homework is a good preparation for the future.

     Firstly, reviewing the works in the classes can help students not forget what they learnt, and get high scores. When students learn new things in the school, they are lasted as short-term memory. By practice of information, which is homework we talk here, short-term memory is converted into long-term memory, so that students won’t forget after days. (Adult_brain_growth.ppt) Only if the students made the things they learnt into unforgettable information, would they not have to review all the things before tests, and get higher score in the tests. It’s actually much easier for students on the whole compared to doing great amount of revision just before the tests. According to the results of several studies, “the average homework completer had higher unit test scores than 73 percent of non-completers (Cooper, Robinson, & Patall, 2006)” (David J. Marks, PhD). This made evident that completing homework can truly higher students’ test scores.

     Second, homework can help both students and teachers to assess their learning and teaching conditions in order to improve them. Students would be able to find the points they are confused about, or they are poor at. On the same breath, teachers can check if students really understand the lessons, and if the teaching methods are good fits for students.

     Lastly, doing homework could be a good preparation for future careers because people often have assignments even they grew up and are working. The article about spending time on homework is worth it says, “Having more meaningful homework assignments can help build management skills” (Jane Eyre), and “For high school students, doing assignments outside of the classroom get them interested in a career path.” (Jane Eyre) This shows that doing homework is not only good for the academic studies students are studying now, but also good for future careers and life styles.

     To conclude, homework can help students with their studies, assessing, and careers in the future. So if schools ban homework, students would easily forget what they’ve learnt in class and have no idea about how well they are doing in the studies. Have students had whole afterschool time as free time, they wouldn’t be able to finish reading books or projects as well. Therefore, homework benefits students, and shouldn’t be banned by schools.

 

 

Work Cited

Adult_brain_growth.ppt

 

David J. Marks, PhD and CSC Staff. “Homework: How it helps, and how parents can help kids get

              it right.” 1 April 2014. Aug 2011.

              http://www.aboutourkids.org/articles/homework_how_it_helps_how_parents_can_help_kids_get_it_right

 

Diane Ravitch, “Why Homework is Good for Kids.” HUFFPOST HEALTHY LIVING. 22 March 2007.

             1 April 2014.

             http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diane-ravitch/why-homework-is-good-for-_b_44037.html


Dear Future President,

I would like to address a topic that I believe needs to be discussed more broadly. There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that supports the idea that homework should be banned. Students on average are at school for about 7 hours, and many students have to complete hours of homework after that. Not only is that a major drag for students, but it is unknown whether homework actually benefits students or not. Homework should be banned because it can be very hard on those with difficult living situations, research doesn’t show that it actually improves learning, and it takes time away from doing activities that students actually enjoy that could be more beneficial to their well being.

Not all students have the same living situations. According to The National Center of Education Statistics, approximately 20% of school-age children were in families living in poverty. Students whose families have less money usually need to pull more weight and help out in their home way more. This would most likely include working hours after school then going home to even more duties. If a student has to go home and cook, take care of others, and deal with a pile of other responsibilities, hours of homework on top of all that can be extremely grueling. Sometimes this leads to not being able to complete homework, which overall leads to lacking grades. Homework shouldn’t determine whether someone passes a class or not, especially when students may be dealing with much more demanding responsibilities at home.

Although homework has academic and non-academic advantages and disadvantages, it is unclear whether homework increases student knowledge or success. According to research by Alfie Kohn, an American author and lecturer in the areas of education, parenting, and human behavior, the majority of studies conducted reveal inconclusive evidence that assigning homework increases student achievement. Most studies show positive effects for certain students, others suggest no effects, and some even suggest negative effects. Negative effects included greater stress and reductions in health. Homework is a huge burden for students to deal with when we aren’t even sure if it’s helpful or not.

One known negative effect of homework is that it takes time away from students that could be spent doing activities they actually enjoy. Not enough time to do enjoyable activities can result in depression and a loss of sense of self. Senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and co-author of a study published in the Journal of Experimental Education, Denise Pope, found that spending too much time on homework meant that students were “not meeting their developmental needs or cultivating other critical life skills” after surveying 4,317 students from 10 different high schools. Students were more likely to drop activities, not see friends or family, and not pursue hobbies they enjoy. This is extremely unhealthy to young, developing brains and it can put a lot of strain on the relationships in their lives.

Although I’m glad I am getting a chance to speak my voice about this issue, I wish I was outside doing something I love rather than writing a paper that was assigned to me for homework. Homework should be banned because it can be very hard on many students depending on their living situation, it may not even be helping students, and students could be able to spend more time doing activities they actually enjoy. This could result in a better well being and sense of self, which is very important for adolescents. If data hasn't shown homework actually improves learning, why make students have to do it?

Sincerely,

Courtney B.

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