by Taylor Scherer
I think I can speak for over half of the students who have a learning disability when I say homework is very helpful throughout high school. I was in fourth grade when I found out I had a learning disability and for a long time I felt discouraged. I thought of myself as someone who wasn’t as intelligent or someone who couldn’t comprehend material very well. It wasn’t till my freshman year of high school when I felt more confident about myself. I had teachers who would give me smaller amounts of homework, yet it was beneficial to me. The small amounts of homework helped me to understand more of what I was doing rather than trying to accomplish a lot of homework. If it weren’t for the homework in high school, I would not be where I am today (Strong). Doing homework every day helps develop responsibility and prepares children for the responsibilities of adulthood. Many students don’t realize the benefits that are given to them when they do the assigned homework (Strong). Thus, teachers should be able to assign homework in order for students to become more successful and reach the achievement many students dream of.
Many students are too busy complaining about homework rather than doing it and realizing how successful they are being. “Homework gives an immediate impact on the retention and understanding of learning the material and gives an opportunity for parents to monitor how their students are doing in school” (qtd in “Achieving Success”). Generally speaking, most students’ attitudes will improve during school if he or she understands the material being taught. Homework helps students become more independent and become better problem solvers.
Homework can be very helpful in many ways.There are students who take college prep courses during high school and those students find themselves having hours of homework a night. In order to succeed in life, you have to take the proper steps to get there. Homework will help you understand the material being taught and will help you throughout college to get the degree that you want. Without homework, there will be no college degree. Homework also helps with time management. For instance learning to schedule enough time to complete an assignment may be difficult for your student. Even when students have a week to do a project, many won’t start until the night before it’s due. Learning to organize time into productive blocks takes practice and experience ( qtd in “Five keys to academic success”).
From my experience, I believe homework is very beneficial for any student. Having a learning disability is a struggle in itself. But, for any student who has the mind set of being successful they know what it takes to get to the finish line. Homework was a big struggle for me and still is, but without homework, I would not be where I am today. There are no words that can explain the emotions I had at my high school graduation. Being able to receive my diploma and knowing I had succeeded was the best feeling in the world. Homework got me to that point and homework will continue to guide me through college.
A good road to success is great decision making and the power to push students to be everything they can be. Homework will do that and more. Homework in high school is invaluable to have because it is that little push in life that makes a huge difference, even though not many students see that. In order to gain more knowledge and the be more successful, homework needs to be the more of a priority. Students should have homework in high school to help create a better future.
“Achieving Success: Homework Practices at the Elementary Level.” Lubautch Educational Center. N.d Web. 26 April 2014.
“Five keys to academic success.” Great Schools. N.D Web. 26 April 2014.
Strong, Rachel. “Homework Helps.” localschooldirectory.com. N.d. Web. 26 April 2014.