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THE IMPORTANCE OF HOMEWORK IN YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

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About a month ago, I would have totally agreed with this article because it’s what we have always been doing and practice is what makes a person really learn something. I find that to be only true in math. Practicing math and having homework for it seems to make sense but other subjects are unnecessary if we are getting 7 hours of school every day, 5 days a week. It should be enough! But some people will always be for it for some reason and I guess I’m waiting the day when all that changes. 

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"My Dog ate my Homework"

"My Dog ate my Homework" | Policies: (1) Homework and (2) Standard Testing | Scoop.it
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Oh how true!! Many students are forced to come up with excuses over why they did not do their homework either because there is too much of it or because they just simply forgot but everyrone knows that "my dog ate my homework" is the oldest trick in the book but sometimes things happen!

I would have anxiety that the crazy things that happened to my homework (gets dropped in puddle, forgotten, left on bus) that my teacher wouldn't believe me and I would always end up on tears because of it and I would feel so pathetic and looking back at it now I understand that my ADD was a part of the problem but a lot of kids have excuses and anxiety over whether their excuse will hold with their teacher. Thank God I had teachers who understood because little things like a homework assignment would sometimes push me overboard. 

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Pros & Cons of Homework

Pros & Cons of Homework | Policies: (1) Homework and (2) Standard Testing | Scoop.it
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Pro's and Con's of homework

I agree that the younger ages should not be exposed to that much homework because it causes stress if they don't get it and decrease their performance. I also agree that in the end it is preparing them for college but at what cost? Making them grow up and worry about things faster than they should be has many negative effects and one of them, robbing the children out of their childhood. I used to be really supportive of homework but for higher grades and for math only, maybe read whatever they want when they are younger because it's exciting for kids to read and I want to encourage that but not something assigned! Elementary school is when kids are supposed to want to explore their idea's so let them take a chance at that, don't make them copies of each other .

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David Mireles's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:03 AM

This is a very good article showing the both sides of homework. It talks about the pros and cons in a very easy way to understand. Also, it shows statistics and some investigations that have been made and their results. Lastly it states some ways that we could use to change the problem.

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I chose this article because it showed two points of view. Also, it briefly described every reason in 1 or 2 sentences. Wrapping up, it was a very good article, with great information and excellent quotations.

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Do the benefits of homework outweigh the downfalls

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I recently started understanding and relating to the harm that homework has when I was completely for it before. I realized that I was only for it before because that is when I actually learned the material since the teachers wouldn't teach in class, they would just tell us to do it at home and most of my time in school was wasted because I knew that I would actually only be doing the real learning at home. If schools focused on more about WHAT they teach and HOW they teach then kids will have time to be kids again!

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This video explains how homework is bad it also gives examples of how homework amounts have increased. It also explains about how kids hate homework. 

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Alternatives to homework

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I think this is a creative idea of kids finding what they prefer to do rather than the traditional homework that have been assigned for decades yet still allows the teacher to see that the kids understand the material. I was blessed in high school to have teachers who would do some of these ideas and it was really effective.

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Help your child prepare for exams

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I agree with how to study and what is better but I do not agree that parents need to be that involved because they could be adding a lot of unnecessary stress to their already stressed child. This can set the child up for failure before he is even in the test when ironically they think it's helping. 

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Notebook: Standardized Tests

The No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal this year, so Katie Couric wonders whether standardized tests truly measure how kids do in school and life.
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I agree a 110% with this. Schools who are not meeting "standards" should not be punished with less funding that causes them to get rid of important programs like art and music. Adding on, if schools are not doing as well as expected, then shouldn't they get EXTRA help and instead of taking it away? That does not make sence! 

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Killing the creativity

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Free! Standardized Test Prep five pages
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Standard testing kills the creativity of both teachers and students! How fun is to have to teach by the book and to only learn stuff based on the exam and not have time to answer questions relating to students curiosity because you have to follow guidelines that adhere to the exam? I would always ask questions and the teachers would tell me after we are done exams we will go over it if we have time and we never seem to have time and by then i am not longer interested. I don't want to shun my students questions because I don't have time in class to go over it. 

My favorite class ever was one of which us students picked the curriculum out. I never learned so much in one semester as I have in that class and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was full of interesting facts and things that we never think of. What if we let our kids decide what is important for them to learn? Not to say that we can't guide them but it can do wonders to see what they are really concerned about and what they want to learn!

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School changes testing standard

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School changes testing standard
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STOCKTON - Students can no longer hedge their bets by guessing "C," and "all of the above" is no longer an option. Multiple choice testing is out.
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Although I agree with getting rid of bubble tests and not having students memories facts and spit it right back at us, I do not agree with this new method by using essays because it may come off as confusing. I suck at writing essays. I know how they are suppose to be structured and such but with being limited to a certain time my thoughts go all over the place and with technology I don't see the importance of knowing how to spell if I'm always going to be corrected online. I usually work really hard on my papers and then after having it peer-reviewed I come back even stronger but on a test there is no peer-review and lack of time and pressure will not allow us to know what the child really thinks and therefore you can’t measure it. Also, when grading these papers, one set of teachers can be extremely easy graders while others may be extremely hard, how is that fair?

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As Kansas students' scores slip, educators cite transition to new standards, tests

As Kansas students' scores slip, educators cite transition to new standards, tests
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And area districts showed a more normal variety of changes up and down.
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Testing is costing us so much and it really isn't helping anything. Teachers are testing to the exam and when the curriculum on the exam changes, of course you will be seeing a decline in grades and that is exactly what is happening here. Teaching for the exam is not effective because it overlooks basic skills that the students should know and they overlook it because of all the pressure.  When tests are over in April, that’s it everyone is burned out. They don’t know what to teach now! What happens now?

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Testing Teachers: States Struggle To Evaluate Educators

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Though teacher evaluation is on the rise, teachers reps say there is still a need for more resources on how to improve instruction (Testing Teachers: States Struggle To Evaluate Educators: No Child Left Behind may have standard...
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I think teachers are teaching to a test and they are not comfortable with that and it shows on the student’s performance. They are looking for help after being evaluated but they are not getting the support they need to help students. This is a downward spiral. How are the kids suppose to get help if teachers aren’t getting it either? The way of evaluation should be changed. Keeping money away harms the students as well as the teachers because where are they supposed to get recourses now?  That doesn't make sence! It's like they want to make poor performing school perform even worst. 

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Finishing the homework the day it's due!

Finishing the homework the day it's due! | Policies: (1) Homework and (2) Standard Testing | Scoop.it
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I have been this person many times. Kids don't want to do their homework so they put it off but it has some sort of importance to them because ( oh I don't know) Society along with everyone else tells them it's important and basically they rush through it not caring if its right or wrong as long as they get it done or they resort to cheating. What's the point then?

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The Homework "help"

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Weekly Writing Homework - unconventional homework to help the whole child
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I can't tell you how many times I would google my homework answer's just to get it over with. I only started valuing homework in high school because I learned most of the material at home but that was wrong! Why am I in school if I'm not learning there? So many kids "cheat" themselves out of the homework because the school is cheating them out of the way they live their life!

A majority of students result to finding online chapter summaries. No matter how many times I tried to sit down and read a book that was assigned to me I was never able to finish it because I had so much going on so Sparknotes and alike websites that were introduced to me by my classmates were the way to go. This is what kids are learning now at younger and younger ages. To take the easy way out since sometimes that is the only choice they have and they start depending on it.

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Tips for Homework management

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This is overwhelming just looking at it!  So much stuff to get/ keep in order just to simply due your homework. I understand that these tips are suppose to be helpful but they seem like another thing to do on the over flowing “to-do” list for kids. 

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Less Homework Stress

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These are good tips to getting parents to face homework problems with their kid. I especially like the diagnosing the problem AS WELL as talking to the teacher because teachers may just look at your child and think they are lazy and don’t want to do their homework where there might be other factors in play like the child not understanding the homework to begin with.

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Kid calls 911 for help with homework - funny video - math problem

Kid calls 911 for help with homework 911 operator mother police 4 year kid take away problem 309,013 visitors EVERY month to YOUR website? Click Link below a...
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As cute as this is, it's sad! The fact that a 4 year old is calling the police for help with his subtraction homework is ridicules! I feel really bad for this kid for having to worry about his homework at such a young age and even worst that his mom totally let him on his own telling him to ask other people for help.

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Documentary, panel discuss youth schooling

Documentary, panel discuss youth schooling | Policies: (1) Homework and (2) Standard Testing | Scoop.it
With her dad in poor health, Manar Dajani found it hard to keep up with her 16-credit workload and maintain the grades necessary to keep her scholarship.
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I went to the film screening of the Documentary " A Race to Nowhere" and I totally agree with the pressures that our students are subjected to and how everyone feels that they have to meet a certain standered or they are not good enough unless they have a certain GPA and they have to be the top of the bell curve. This kind of pressure can effect our students in a emotional and physical way. Depression is constantly rising more and more amoung our youth and it's so scary to live in a society where parents are a part of the problem because they want what's "best" for their kids. I totally had a epiphany with how I will be dealing with my future students, kids, and my own brother. I value homework a lot less now then I did before I started doing research on homework but when it comes to Standard Testing I'm not sure what I can do! I hope by the time I am a teacher things will be different in our education system.

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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. ― Albert Einstein

Quote- Albert Einstein about Education

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This is my absolute all time favorite quote! Everyone is smart in their own way so you can’t simply test them based on a standard test because not everyone does well on “climbing a tree”. It’s absolutely absurd that this is how our education system still tests us. I personally can get a 30% on an exam that I know the material of it. But after the exam I look over it, talk to the teacher about what I got wrong/right and if I retake the exam I get 100% because now I understand everything for the long term not the short term. But guess which grade affects my GPA?? The 30%!! Although I understand the material now, I am just not a good test taker and I do not “climb the tree” well does not mean that I am not capable of being successful.

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How Standardized Testing Damages Education

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The race to the top has not only set us back but is quickly become a race to the bottom. These studies are showing very little progress but significant harm to our students. So again, WHY ARE WE STILL USING THEM!  "NCLB demonstrated what happens when tests are misused. Negative consequences include narrowing the curriculum, teaching to the test, pushing students out of school, driving teachers out of the profession, and undermining student engagement and school climate" Is that what we really want?? It's been over ten years of the same method and its time to put an end to it. I was unfortunate enough to be raised during this era but I do NOT want my kids ( the ones that I teach and my own kids) to go through this.

I was lucky enough to be the top of the bell curve with these tests by high school but I can't tell you what I remember or what I learned after the test. It always felt good to see my rank but if my rank was lower than a 90th percentile I felt like crap. How about students who are 70 or lower? It’s heartbreaking having students discouraged and even dropping out of school because of a number! 

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CEO of Ontario’s student testing agency worried by five-year decline in provincial math standard

CEO of Ontario’s student testing agency worried by five-year decline in provincial math standard | Policies: (1) Homework and (2) Standard Testing | Scoop.it
Math is the new trouble spot for students, and there’s been growing slippage between grades: 19% of students who met the standard in Grade 3 did not by Grade 6 (Ontario’s student testing agency #eqao worried by five-year decline in provincial...
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Even in Ontario, they are feeling the negative effect of standard testing although their tests are custom based on what the students are teaching. This is not just a one year, low score thing. This is getting lower and lower every year and with students who have met the standards before almost 20% are not meeting them later on? Students are losing focus and are exhausted by such test taking methods. All the money that is WASTED on making these custom tests should go to figuring out a better method of testing. What will that method be? I have no clue, but this is certainly not the most effective method. Six hours??? I’m usually burnt out after the first hour and just write anything so what does that mean for other students?

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Standardized Tests - ProCon.org

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Is the use of standardized tests improving education in America? Read pros and cons in the debate.
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Is teaching to the test dumb down students? I believe so! Students are only learning what’s on the test, disregarding all other information they SHOULD know for life. After students cram for the test, they basically are throwing everything out the window. Also, not every student is a good test taker. Some students are basically just master test-taking skills and are able to get a good grade although they are not on par with the information. Other kids know the information but are not familiar with the structure of the exam and it throws them off. There are too many areas that are not covered so what is the point? It’s certainly not to see what our kids know! It’s who is the best at guessing, test-taking skills, and memorizing what’s on the exam.

Different things can affect the score like the school efforts to get the magic number vs. family background. Students who have better family backgrounds are more likely to get a higher score, is that fair? Students become obsessed with a number and that feeling that they are the 30th percentile is very discouraging knowing that 70% of students are “smarter” than you.  

This test is also unfair for bilingual kids and kids with special needs and I can attest to that because I was a bilingual kid and the first few months I was here I was forced to take an exam where I did not understand half of the test. Obviously I got past that barrier but that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t fair to me!

To think that we slipped from 18th to 31st in math since the beginning of no child behind is just shocking and shows how horrible this is to our education system

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Sophie Taminez's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:11 AM

I choose this article because it has evidence, quotes, real live  situations, and its not hard to read. This article has a column for a good side of Standardized Tests and one for the bad side. You can make comparison between the two columns. And the end of the page it has several videos supporting the argument. I think this is a goodarticle  because I can find all of the information I need.

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What Kills Creativity?

What Kills Creativity? | Policies: (1) Homework and (2) Standard Testing | Scoop.it
Many American writers fear that standardized testing could be destroying our children. They might be right.
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Honestly, I can't imagine my life if I didn't take art class because that is where I learned how to crochet and I learned that drawing makes me relieve my stress. How else would I know that I can’t tell the difference between instrument sounds if I didn’t try out band? Focusing on math, science, and reading is really killing kid’s creativity because they stop imagining and focus on logic. We are literally robbing the kids out of their childhood. When did that become okay? Are we really focused on money that much that we want to create little business people? Let them live their lives without worrying about responsibility just for a little bit. This is a time of their lives that they should be enjoying that they will never come back. Their innocence should be preserved and their imagination should be allowed to wonder freely. After all imagination is what got us our newest technologies now. They maybe our future doctors, engineers, etc. because they had imagined things when they were younger and grew up to make that dream happen. 

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