Homework can teach children how to manage time.” Is it rational to think that five year olds, who have been involved in school activities for seven hours, without a rest time, be required to sit for twenty to thirty minutes once home to complete unnecessary assignments in order for the teacher to meet the principal’s expectations? Should a fourth grader, who struggles to complete classroom materials without negative consequences, suffer through two to three hours of needless worksheets under the stressful attention of a tired, overworked parent? Purpose Homework usually falls into these categories: practice, preparation, and extension. At the elementary school level, homework can help students develop study skills and habits and can keep families informed about their child’s learning. At the secondary school level, student homework is associated with greater academic achievement (... ... middle of paper ... ...ho did not complete homework (DeNisco, n.d.).
According to guidelines endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA), a student should be assigned no more than 10 minutes per grade level per night. That would be 20 minutes a night for a second grader or 80 mi... ... middle of paper ... ...information. Excessive amounts of homework given at a time may cause a downfall in a student’s academic level. If a student is given math problems to complete and completes them incorrectly, he or she will likely fail a test. According to the U.S. Department of Education, most math teachers can tell after checking five algebraic equations whether a student understood the necessary concepts.
How Much Homework to Give Kids? To many kids in elementary schools, homework is a menace. It takes away quality time from a student’s daily life and activities. In Romesh Ratnesar’s article “The Homework Ate my Family”, Ratnesar mentions about a student named Molly and her daily routine. Her daily routine consists of “spending two hours doing homework, practicing the piano, doing more than 100 math problems, labeling the countries and bodies of water and reviewing a semester’s worth of science” (Ratnesar).
You go home and you have to repeat that with the homework you were given. Yes, it might be a pain, but the benefits you earn are greater than the pain that is experienced through the hours spent on homework. Homework is helpful tool used to enlighten students to become better students and learn skills that will come in handy later on in life. You not convinced? Well your parents are, 19% of parents say schools are giving too much homework.
How much homework is there really? Some say that for every hour spent in class a high school student should spend at least and hour doing homework and studying for that particular class. Well considering that a student would have to wake up by 6 a.m. and does not get home until around 2:30 p.m. there just are not enough hours in a day. Seven hours of school would be seven more hours out of school this would mean that if the students came home from school, they would have to works non stop from 2:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. every day. This may not seem bad until a person realizes that in today’s world, the average student has at least one or two activities a week.
With regular school days being seven hours long, the maximum amount of homework that will fit in this eight-eight-eight schedule is one hour ("Too Much Homework Can Cause Stress, Depression and Lower Grades, Studies Suggest"). Another reason students should receive less homework is because too much homework can cause students to have severe stress, anxiety, and depression. “There’s an inherent quality to homework that evokes a certain amount of stress, and that can be good, because it pushes us to learn. But for some children, the anxiety is so pronounced it basically freezes them” (Bailey). Homework does help students learn, but at what cost?
Most students already spend 6/7 hours at school then when they get home they also have homework which takes at least 2/3 hours. If you have tests you end up studying for at least 2 hours, which means by the time you finish with everything it will be time for bed. What about sports? What about time with your family? What about enjoying your childhood?
Elementary students usually have at least 30-60 minutes of homework each night... ... middle of paper ... ...ade down in class, while ½ say homework boosts their grades, and another ¼ saying homework doesn’t affect their grades]”(“Homework Survey Findings” 16). Homework is tied in with student achievement because it is thought to reinforce learning at home. But what if students cannot complete the homework in time at home or if the student does not understand the material without teacher interaction? Then the student’s achievement in school deteriorates, and the student does not learn the entire curriculum. PARENT, TEACHER, AND STUDENT OPINIONS Parents, teachers, and students all stand on various sides in the debate of homework effectiveness.
On average in a recent study at Illinois high school students spend 3.07 hours of homework each night on just homework not including extra curricular activities(Jerushapope,2). Also in this high school students reported getting 6.8 hours of sleep each night, but 34.6% reported getting 6 or fewer hours of sleep(Jerushapope,2). Most high school students spend 2 hours of extra curricular activity each night thats not including homework so after those activities you have to come home and do homework and then you will not have a lot of time to sleep. Also most kids do not get a lot of time to spend with their parents during the weeknights. Some kids cannot even make it to the dinner table because they have so much homework and that is not healthy for the parents and their childs relationship.
The school will have a cut-off point for both subjects to determine if the students are learning, if the test scores fall under the cut-off number, then students will come to tutoring before, during, and after school. Mills Elementary has 8% of the students in the Special Education classes. Over the past few months, classroom size has increased and small groups are not pulled because the reading, math, and science coach are busy pulling students to learn how to pass the STAAR test. Students on Tier II and III are not being pulled consistently because of the high number of students in each Tier group. The librarian has a flexible schedule that allows for additional tutoring throughout the day.