CVUSD Title 7: Indian Education

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In today’s day and age we have seen our education system be classified as inadequate in comparison to other countries. Many students fail their classes be it because of their inability to learn or the distractions that surrounds them. The answer that parents have found to the inadequate grades, and a school system that is lacking, is tutors. But what is the role of a tutor? Some may think that the job of a tutor is to help a student finish his or her homework day in and day out. But that is a popular miss-conception; a tutor is a person that teaches a student in a particular branch of education. A tutor is allowed to expand a student’s mind with new knowledge. Tutoring is the process of getting students to become independent through questioning. Tutoring should help students develop self-confidence and improve study skills. In addition, the tutoring session should provide students with an opportunity to speak up and ask questions, an opportunity sometimes unavailable or missed in a regular classroom situation. Helping a student to simply do their homework robs them of the opportunity to become independent and self-reliant.

Work Cited

“Tutor.” Word Central: Merriam-Webster's Student's Electronic Dictionary. 2001. http:// www.m (8 Oct. 2001).

Students and Home Environment

In order for students to be focused on their homework, there needs to be a space at home where they can feel at ease and capable of doing homework. According to Cheri Fuller from Focus on The Family “We want to have great schools to send our kids to, but the truth is their home environment has a profound impact on their learning.”

There are three major things that need to be present in a home environment in order for students to be comfortable enough to do their homework. First there needs to be a desk where the student can organize their homework. Said arrangements will not only help the students feel at ease when sitting down to do their daily task, it will also allow the student to create an organized environment. Secondly, there needs to be parents that are willing to help students with their homework when the student has any questions about a subject. Lastly there needs to be little or no distractions when the student is in the process of completing an assignment. Having an optimal environment for the student will allow for more time to be spent doing homework and less time wasting.   

Work Cited

Fuller, Cheri. “The Impact of Home Environment.” Focus on the Family.      Tyndale House Publishers. Web.  25 February 2014

Parent’s Role in Homework

The role of the parent in their child’s homework is, primarily, to be involved at a level where the student feels guided, encouraged, and assisted. The student should not feel like he or she is alone, without parental guidance or assistance, in his or her homework assignments. Cheri Fuller, writing for Focus on the Family, says that “the first step is to build responsibility. Kids who learn responsibility at home […] tend to be more competent and successful at school.” Parents are the most qualified persons to help their children establish and build responsible homework habits by regularly keeping up with their child’s schoolwork and encouraging them to take ownership of their academic responsibilities.

On one end, parents who are overly involved in their children’s homework tend to do them a disservice. “When parents repeatedly bail kids out if they fail to do their work, the kids don’t learn responsibility or use their own abilities,” writes Fuller in the article Parents’ Role in Homework, “but when you encourage self-reliance and responsibility, you’ll be empowering your child with an “I can do it” kind of attitude.”

It is important for parents to be aware of how much or how little attention they are giving their child when it comes to homework. According to the article, What To Do When you Don’t Know The Answer, parents who feel that they can’t help their child with their work should “try to respond optimistically so the child knows that there is a solution and you will help him or her find it. Break down the problem into component parts […] and work through the steps together. Textbooks are usually filled with examples and supplementary materials.”

Whatever, the parents’ approach is, the essential thing is to be involved; parents should act as guides and assistants, at the same time allowing students to take responsibility for their homework load.


McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. “What to Do When you Don’t Know the Answer.”

Focus on the Family. “Parent’s Role in Homework.”

Homework Help

The purpose of homework is to reinforce concepts that students learn at school. This is achieved, most commonly, through problem solving assignments, writing assignments, research, reading comprehension, and special projects designed to test the student’s learning progress in various subjects. However, the foundations for successfully completing homework are learned primarily at school. Any work completed at home does not substitute the learning that should take place at school; instead, they should complement each other, working in unison towards a strong education.

The National Parent Teacher Association and the National Education Association (NEA), recommend, “For children K-2, homework is most effective when it does not exceed 10-20 minutes each day; older children, in grades 3-6, can handle 30-60 minutes a day, in middle school and high school, the amount of homework will vary by subject. Expect about 30 minutes of homework for each academic course they take. If educators and parents expect big gains in children’s test scores to result from homework assigned in quantities far out of line with these recommendations, they are likely to be disappointed.”

Homework can have negative and positive effects, more importantly; it is used to develop good study habits. If used right, it can help students become independent and responsible. However, overemphasis can lead to frustration or boredom with academic subjects. Harris Cooper, writing for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, says that “Parents can get too involved in homework. They can pressure children and can confuse them.” 

To avoid any negative effect, homework should not be the main focus when it comes to a child’s education, and the amount of time spent on homework assignments should not exceed the prescribed amounts.


National Education Association. “Helping Your Student Get the Most out of Homework.”

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. “A Brief History of Homework in the United States.”

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