How Much Homework Is Too Much Homework? Terri Carroll English 102 Professor Hamlin October 23, 2011 How Much Homework Is Too Much Homework? Author Jonathan Rauch is proposing that students are not really “learning” in school, which they are practically being allowed to “slide” into the next grade. Essentially stating that American students are lazy in their learning and if teachers would assign more homework, the student would excel more in school. If more homework was to be assigned to students, would they necessarily achieve more?
The vast majority of students leaving our education system do not have the skills to earn a living in our increasingly technological society and international marketplace. What are we doing wrong? How are we failing our children? Could we not be looking in the right places to correct this problem? Research shows that what is needed is not more money spent on education but an understanding of why children are turning off to learning and failing in school.
No specific group of people can be blamed for the problems in education. All of them are to blame if the needs for a proper education are not met. “Teaching right from wrong has as much bearing on a culture’s survival as teaching reading, writing, or science.” ~William Kilpatrick Many parents, school-board members, and other members of society today blame teachers solely for the problems in the educational system. They primarily blame teachers because of the simple fact that it is easier to change a teacher than it is to change a student’s family.
For decades, most people have been led to believe that public schooling is a good thing, and is in the best interest of children. But it’s time to face the facts – public schooling is not the best that Americans could be doing for their children and their families as a whole. Though the numbers for specific states vary, it is said that on average, school districts spend about $10,591 for every individual student in public schools, per year. Catholic and other religious private schools are, on average, $6,000 to $7,000 dollars per year. The education children receive in private schools is far superior to public schools, and per capita, the price is technically cheaper.
This is why teaching financial literacy in high school will benefit the students later in their life. Secondly, the people who lack the financial literacy skills do not tend to save or plan for their future retirement. This is because they do not know how to make a financial plan, so they cannot plan their retirement and they have to depend on government pension because they are not self-reliant. Because of the lack of knowledge they do not save money and even if they save they do not know how to invest the money wisely. So
Sabrina Tavernise from the New York Times says, “as a result, there is a growing generation gap, with younger Americans far less likely than older ones to have a family member who served.” (Tavernise) Americans are excessively self-satisfied, and think the government will always take care of their needs. Obviously not all Americans are like this, yet an excessively high rate are. Individuals need to figure out how to provide for themselves. I don't accept that everybody ought to be thrown into battle (just on a volunteer premise), however everybody should be required to go to basic training and serve for a year. It would definitely lower wrongdoing, expand development, make individuals more astute, fit, and more thankful.
Therefore Marxists will argue that the working classes are suppressed as they cannot afford such essentials that come so easily to the upper classes. Which means Marxists will also argue there is not an equality of opportunity for all students as upper class students have better recourses. Douglas in his research “The home and the school” found that poor housing conditions such as overcrowding and insufficient space can affect a student’s ability to study at home. Poor diets and higher levels of sickness through an inability to afford healthy food increases absences which mean the student will fall behind in lessons. Low income will mean that parents will be unable afford educational books or tutoring in order to help the student pass.
Should Students Be Paid to Gain an Education? Kids should not expect to earn money to receive an education they are fortunate to have. In the New York Times article “Rewards for Students Under a Microscope” Lisa Guernsey explains that “Research suggests that rewards may work in the short term, but have damaging effects in the long term.” Children are clearly motivated for short periods of time which does not address long term educational needs and goals. In my opinion as a student I do not think we should be paid to go to school, because for hundreds of years kids have had the honor and expectation to learn. As technology advances, it seems students are becoming lazy, and losing interest in the opportunity for an education.
It’s a curse because we have to go to school and college everyday (just kidding!). It’s mostly because our parents expect us to behave as adults just because we’re not kids anymore. They ask our opinions about matters and stuff but won’t take them into account because they think we are too young to give good valued opinions. How unfair is that now? Someone once said that life for teenagers of the 21st century is way effortless than for teens back in 19th or 20th century.
Schools’ major funds are allocated for payroll, plant maintenance, and textbook purchases, not for technology, and the other market for educational software, the home market, is not large enough and cannot command high enough prices. People are willing to plop down ten to fourteen dollars for a copy of Reader Rabbit 1, but not several hundred dollars for software that will enable their kids to take state-of-the-art virtual journeys through American history. Development of educational software for colleges is hampered by the fact that professors prefer to develop their own courses, structured in their own ways, so that no two calculus courses or freshman composition classes are alike. The