GRE Essay Topic 866 - The Department of Education in the state of Attra recommends that high school students be assigned homework every day. Yet a recent statewide survey of high school math and science teachers calls the usefulness of daily homework into question. In the district of Sanlee, 86 percent of the teachers reported assigning homework three to five times a week, whereas in the district of Marlee, less than 25 percent of the teachers reported assigning homework three to five times a week. Yet the students in Marlee earn better grades overall and are less likely to be required to repeat a year of school than are the students in Sanlee. Therefore, all teachers in our high schools should assign homework no more than twice a week, if at all. Discuss how well reasoned you find this argument.
Impact of homeworks
The argument fails in its prediction in numerous ways. Primarily, it comes to it’s conclusion on how homework must be assigned to students based on the survey results obtained from the schools of Marlee district. First one, the students in the Sanlee and Marlee districts are not tantamout when it comes to intelligence. The students of Marlee could be more quick witted than that of the students of Sanlee. Thus, it is inappropriate to assume that by applying the methods of homework deployed in Marlee schools to Sanlee schools would improve the performance of Sanlee students.
On the other hand, we are not sure that the reasons for the better grades obtained by Marlee students is only due to the type of homework they receive. The Marlee schools could have lucid teaching facilites, experienced staffs and germane ways of handling students. It is noteworthy that all these criterias would also have shaped the students of Marlee and not only their homework. So ,it is extraneous to assume that
only the homeworks is directly proportional to students grades.
Finally, the argument leaves many unanswered questions. It doesn’t talk about the evaluation and grading standards of both the schools. The Marlee schools could have an easy way of evaluating the students when compared to the schools of Sanlee. So, even if the students of Sanlee are more talented than the students of Marlee, unfortunately they would be required to repeat an year, due to the high standards of their school.
Keeping all these in mind, it can be concluded that the argument fails to bring out a convincing result.