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'useless in applying theories'; Daily homework is not necessary for students


eric_ly 2 / 5  
May 30, 2009   #1
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Recently, our native education department make a survey whether teachers should assign homework to students every day or not. Nearly sixty percent of people assume students need more spare time on something they like instead of assignment mostly students dislike .On the other side, the rest of responses ,who feel the homework is a useful means by which parents can leave their child out of computer games. As I see, teachers should not assign homework for students and reason is below.

Does it really work for students to improve abilities by doing assignments? I assume assignments help students achieve high scores in paper exams, but it is useless in enhancing students' capacity of using and applying theories. Because, assignment is aimed at testing which point of knowledge we don't know. However, even if we can do assignments well, it can not demonstrate that we can fluently use knowledge in reality. The steam inventor, James Watt did not attend school at his childhood also without chance to do any daily homework. People assume his success from his capacities of self-learning, theory-applying and operation activities. Unfortunately, for the students of day, most of them are busy doing their homework instead of something which may wake up their creativity. Thus, limiting homework is imminent.

Nowadays, daily homework has possessed most space of students' time which students should spend on meaningful socialization for future life and work, such as internship, community service, and forth. As socialist says "To strength students' socialization is more essential than to simple use technology and hold theories ".Whereas, the actuality of today is that students are not closed to social and human groups but locked in home to do assignments. So, the daily homework have bad effects for students further developments .what should we do is to cancel daily homework ,to free students in their spare time and to lead them to learn what they really need in the future.

Whereas, maybe to some students who spend all of time in watching TV, playing computer games, daily homework is a effective way to restrict their time of playing .Because they always think of homework that they must show up to teacher on the next day, so they must work for time on study, if not they must be lost in the final exams.

Although daily homework has benefits for students, I believe daily work is not necessary for student. Because, daily homework waste students' time of self-learning and possess chance of acquiring social experience. I think the two points above are the most essential.

EF_Simone 2 / 1,986  
May 30, 2009   #2
In your introduction, instead of saying "and the reason is below," provide a one-sentence summary of the arguments to follow. Also, to make your introduction more informative, tell us who were the people answering the survey. Students? Parents? The general public?

Moving on to grammar, I'll make just a few corrections and suggestions, hoping that others will jump in to do the same.

In the first sentence, make sure your verb is past tense. Instead of saying that they "made a survey," I would say that they "surveyed" students/teachers/the public (say which) to discover their opinions concerning whether students should be assigned homework every day.

Nearly sixty percent of people believe students need more spare time to spend on things they like instead of assignmentsmostly students dislike. On the other side, the rest of respondents feel that homework is a useful means by which parents can keep their child out of computer games.

I wonder about this. Did the respondents in favor of homework all cite computer games as the reason? That seems unlikely to me. Most supporters of homework tend to believe that it reinforcing learning by forcing students to practice what they have learning in their lessons. Keeping students busy tends to be a secondary reason.

Nowadays, daily homework takes up most of students' time, not allowing time for meaningful socialization for future life and work, such as internships , community service, and forth.

I wonder if you have some evidence to support this claim. Do you know, on average, how many hours per week the students in your school or region spend on homework?
Gautama 6 / 133  
May 30, 2009   #3
I don't think that many motivated students can use the amount of time they spend on homework as a viable excuse for not getting involved in internships and community service. If you are motivated you will get done what you want to get done, homework and all.

I assume assignments help students achieve high scores in paper exams, but it is useless in enhancing students' capacity of using and applying theories.

Exams reflect a student's ability to use and apply the theories that they learn in class. It would not make sense for you to say that homework helps students get higher test scores but does not help them use and apply theories. They had to show what they learned on the test and homework is what helped them do that.

The steam inventor, James Watt did not attend school at his childhood also without chance to do any daily homework. People assume his success from his capacities of self-learning, theory-applying and operation activities. Unfortunately, for the students of day, most of them are busy doing their homework instead of something which may wake up their creativity.

I think the problem is that most students who do not get any value out of their homework assignments would not be doing anything "inventive" or "creative" in their spare time. The people who are productive with their spare time like that are the people who value their assignments because they challenge them to apply what they have learned in the classroom.

When you sit in a classroom and listen to the teacher talk you are getting input but no output. Without assignments the teacher would just lecture for days and days and then have a test at the end of every couple of weeks. That means that all that time the students would be unable to practice their essay writing skills or practice applying mathmatical theories and working out tough problems, etc. So when the test finally came and demanded that the students apply all of their knowledge, they would have no practice doing so and would most likely fail. This is an absurd learning strategy. If you believe in "studying" before a test, or practicing skills before you have to perform under pressure then how can you say that homework has no value?
EF_Sean 6 / 3,491  
May 30, 2009   #4
The advantage of homework is that it forces students to actively engage in the learning process, as others have already pointed out. The disadvantages are that it consumes time and causes stress. So, presumably, there is an optimal point, a balance at which the students are doing enough homework to get the maximum amount of learning from the experience before stress and resentment begin to hinder the learning process. You need to establish where you think the balance point is, and then provide evidence to show that daily homework is either too little, too much, or just right for meeting that balance point. At the moment, you are arguing that homework has no benefits, which very few people who have ever been students are going to believe.
OP eric_ly 2 / 5  
May 31, 2009   #5
Thanks a lot .

I will change my point to make it more believable.


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