Letter: Seeking knowledge

January 5, 2014 

As a senior in high school, I have seen my fair share of homework. It's a given that a student be handed an assignment that they are to complete at home so as to "practice the material covered in class." However, it has become clear to me (someone who is not gifted mathematically,) that homework every single night in a class that I am already struggling to understand is more harmful than helpful. Don't give me homework and expect me to finish it; give me classwork and expect me to understand it.

I always have had to work hard for my grades, but at a certain point, homework begins to weigh one down. Rather than furthering my understanding, it has really just taken up time. I am not criticizing anyone's teaching methods, but I don't think it is the best way to help students have better understanding of a subject. I do all of my homework and it's the tests that kill my grade, so how is this homework really benefitting me?


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