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Did you know that teachers with more experience assign less homework? Or have you ever heard of the “10 minute rule per grade” rule? It’s a rule that will be explained in this essay along with why homework is beneficial in the schools curriculum. Homework shows up in most schools and requires students to work outside of the classroom. Some kids disagree with homework because they would rather be doing things they enjoy such as internet surfing, video games, or anything else they would rather be doing. Homework can’t go though, leaving the schools curriculum would cause the students to lose the chance of learning good habits, not improve test performance, and teachers wouldn’t be able to keep track of the student’s progress in what they learn in school. I believe that homework should stay in the school’s curriculum.

The most important reason why I believe homework should stay in the school’s curriculum is that according to the article, “The advantages and disadvantages of homework”, “Children develop time management and study skills”…”Completing homework early in the schooling years ensures that it becomes a habit – not an inconvenience.” This quote shows that once the students build the good study habits, homework is more of a habit and not a hard task that gets in your way which also helps you in future years of high school and possibly college. More evidence that homework builds good habits is described in the article called, “Is Homework Beneficial? – Top 3 Pros and Cons” from procon.org and the article states that “students in classes that were assigned homework outperformed 69% of students who didn’t have homework.” This proves that homework can be a key factor in building those positive habits.

The next reason why I believe homework should stay in schools is that doing homework can improve test performance. One example that it improves test performance is that according to, “Should Middle schoolers do Away with Homework?”, “Middle schoolers who were assigned just 60 minutes worth did better in math and science than those who took 90-100 minutes worth.” (2018). This quote shows how people do good on tests but if they study too long, this could lead to a decrease in a potential good test score. I have a friend that didn’t do some of the homework for a topic efficiently and didn’t do so well on the test of that topic. They decided to do the homework again and improve and then, take the retake for that test. They scored outstanding compared to when they decided to rush the homework. This shows that people can improve in test if they do the homework efficiently prior to the test or quiz.

My final reason why I believe homework should be required in schools is that the adults linked to the student can easily keep track of the student’s progress. If the teacher finds out that one of the students is doing poorly on homework, they can help the student with what they need to do better. If a parent finds out that their child is not doing well on homework, they can attempt to help out their child with their work. According to, “The advantages and disadvantages of homework”, “Teachers can keep track of progress”…”they can spot when a child is struggling with content or falling behind the rest of the cohort.”

Some people think that homework is too much to ask or an unnecessary piece of the school’s curriculum but if you actually want to get good test grades, you’ll need to fully understand the lesson and do homework to ensure this.

As you can see, you really can go either way in the argument of whether homework should be required in schools. “Overdosing” homework for students is not right and has been proven to do more harm than good. Assigning no homework at all can ruin the potential of building good habits, decrease the chance of potential good test grades, and the children can’t be monitored by adults to ensure and understanding of what they did in school. These reasons have importance because if the student doesn’t understand a lesson, the test grade of that student could be lower than it could have been if that student did the perfect amount of homework to prepare. If the teachers assign the perfect amount of homework, all of the kids can learn what they need to learn and still have free time to do what they want.

Daniel Klein, Sauk Prairie Middle School, Sauk City

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