Homework Is The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly

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Homework, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Does homework truly have a positive effect on improving student achievement? Homework is the task assigned by a teacher to a student to be completed outside of the classroom. Homework can range from reading a story, writing or typing research, solving math problems, or a project. Teachers assign these task in order for the student to increase their knowledge on the topic at hand. Parents, at least most of them, agree that homework needs to be done in order to improve student achievement; however, most student do not like the task, nor do they see the relationship between homework and increased student achievement. Homework has been since the seventeenth centruy, and has gone through many different views on whether it should be given on not. The time between 1910 and the 1920’s, homework was opposed, the 30’s accepted, then the next decade it was once again opposed, finally since the 1950’s, during the time of Sputnik, homework was greatly accepted. According to O’Rourke-Ferrara ( ), she feels there needs to be policies set for homework, for teachers, parents, and students. There are more homework policies found in elementary schools than there are in middle and high schools. Studies have shown that when a homework policy does not exists in the elementary grades it ends up having an adverse effect on the academic performance on these students in their high school years. They should be written to specify the frequency,
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