If you are reading this and you are currently a student, you have to admit that you have had this bad moment once or twice. The fact that homework makes children and teenagers stressed, pressured, and bored is just pointless and wastes time. That is why I’m here to say that homework should be banned for the greater good of many people, such as teachers, parents, and most importantly, the millions of millions of kids being forced to do this horrible task. When a teacher always calls out that word terrifying word “homework”, moans and groans fill the classroom. Students start to slouch and lie their heads back, as teachers start to feel guilty for what they have done.
However, nearly every student walks into English class dealing with the fear that he will be called on to explain even the simplest rules of possession or number. So why do most students fear and loathe the perplexities of grammar? Perhaps this trepidation has something to do with the fact that most teachers treat grammar like the ‘redheaded step son’ of the English curriculum; hiding its study somewhere between spelling exercises and vocabulary worksheets. While most teachers avoid discussing grammar, or discuss it incorrectly, they still threaten students with low marks if such mistakes rear their ugly little heads in class assignments. The way we, as scholars, view the discussion, acquisition and knowledge of grammar must be modified to suit the realities of the modern classroom and world.
The most significant reason that students dislike to study reading is because everyone reads at a different pace. Sometimes students will get embarrassed because they can not read as fast as their peers, which can make a person self conscious and not want to read. Also, when a student is called on to read out loud, they may feel embarrassed because the entire class now knows at what level they are reading, and can pick out their flaws. The next area of English that students dislike to study is writing. There are many reasons that this is true, but the most popular is the fact that there are so many rules to remember.
I could feel myself starting to sweat because I knew the other kids were judging me. The other two boys that were in my group laughed and said “Do you even know how to read?” At that very instant I knew that I would never get better at reading and I was always going to be the odd one out at school. I was afraid of going back to school after what happened to me on the first week of this new school. Mrs. Hattershide (my teacher) said that I would have to be in another class to get extra help with reading and writing until I was told I didn’t need it anymore. This “extra class” was called an IEP, which means Individuated Education Program.
The Literacy of Reading and English 1010 For many first year college students, the idea of sitting down in an English class and being asked to write an essay conjures up anxiety and stress from their high school experience. Many students bring a secret of reading and comprehension illiteracy with them to college. There is a shifting definition of literacy occurring in the United States with the advent of technology. School districts are assuming that the issue of reading will be addressed in the home and are leaving many students behind in reading goals. Many educators assume that when a student enters the first day of their English 1010 course that their reading level is sufficient to complete their coursework and produce coherent compositions.
One class that I hated the most during my time in high school was Spanish. The reason for that is because my teacher and I for some reason did not get along. I always got in trouble in her class even when it wasn’t me, but sometime it was me. It could be one of my classmates talking to me she would call my name instead of that person. She would always call me outside of class asking what’s the problem with you today, and I would say nothing and she would answer back with it must be a reason you are disturbing class.
I had to read out of a book to the teacher at her desk so she could check reading progress. I was very shy when I was young, so the thought of having to read out loud to the teacher in the first place was nerve wracking. I remember feeling hot, and barely able to breath walking up to her desk. When I got there I tried to read but I was just staring at the page and then stuttering out words at a painfully slow pace. The teacher quickly became impatient with me and she told me to sound the words out slowly.
The last word a student wants to hear from a teacher is the word “essay”. That word is always accompanied by groaning and complaining, followed by nervous thoughts about the essay, dread leading up to it, and misery during the actual writing process. On the bright side, there is at least one positive aspect. As a fellow student, I can attest to the fact that there is no better feeling than clicking print, stapling the pages together, shoving the essay in my folder, and never thinking about the essay again, for fear of bringing up bad memories or having an anxiety attack. All of this fear and dread leads to one thing: poor writing.
Like a bad habit, my anxiety did not go away as I entered my teens and that’s when I realized it was here to stay. I started to look for innovative ways to avoid speaking or singing in public. Like Houdini in chains, I would try to escape from class anytime I had to do anything that involved standing in front of my fellow students. I was at the top of my ‘game’ when I reached highschool. I wrote the most beautiful essays and when it was time to read it to the whole class, I always pretended to have lost my voice.
Why, she wondered? Fast forward five years. She’s now a junior in World History. During class, she’s writing definitions to words that make little to no sense to her and she again questions, what’s purpose. Now 20 years later, that girl, a teacher herself still sees students writing dictionary definitions to words and thinks how unfortunate it is for students to be assigned this practice.