2014年11月15日托福独立写作题目：Rather than help their children with schoolwork, parents should help children to work independently.
What is the purpose of assigning after-class homework for students? I believe the answer lies in the hope of helping students to have a better command of the knowledge learnt in classes. Therefore, homework should be considered an extension of school education, and should be done independently in order to achieve its original purpose.
First and foremost, finishing one’s homework independently can facilitate better absorption of the learnt knowledge in classes. After listening to their teachers’ systematic analysis in class, students are supposed to review the newly-acquired knowledge when they get home. Assignment of homework, evidently, is an effective way to ensure that. Intervention and assistance from parents will surely be highly instrumental over some confusing and challenging exercises. However, it runs contrary to the initial goal of setting homework. Only by memorizing and applying the knowledge into exercises themselves can students better digest the new information more thoroughly and permanently.
Furthermore, another undeniable reward of doing homework on one’s own is the cultivation of his independence and problem-solving initiative. Adolescence can be an especially critical period fort the shape of a youth’s character and personality. Overprotection and ready help from parents against whatever problems can actually be detrimental to the growth of children. This is because this deprives them of the opportunity to address problems independently. For instance, searching and collecting relevant date from a mass of references for an essay can help students distinguish between the important fact and some trivial details. My friend John used to rely on his parents to filter all the useful references for him. For a long time, he never intended to figure out a problem on his own. It was only after he was admitted to college and had to live in the dormitory did he realize how emotionally attached he was to his parents when it comes to some problems.
Therefore, having parents help with their homework may indeed save some detours and improve the overall quality and accuracy of homework. It is better recommended for students to complete the assignment on their own.
In current society, according to the survey conducted by a newspaper titled China Daily, the study burden on the shoulder of students is increasingly heavier, which has attracted widespread public attention. When it come to what parents can do to help their children’s study, many people, if not most, are strong believers of the claim that parents should finish their kids’ homework for the purpose of relieving the study pressure. However, as far as I am concerned, parents are supposed to guide their children to complete their homework independently, for having a better command of knowledge imparted in class and cultivating their independent thinking ability.
First and foremost, it is undeniable that finishing homework by themselves can help children better absorb the knowledge they obtained. As is known to all, the purpose of assigning homework to students is to review what they learned in the class. In other words, teachers will view their assignments as a yardstick to evaluate how well their students have absorbed the knowledge. For example, a history teacher may require his students to write a paper about the Independence War after briefly introducing the background and process of this war. Due to the lack of sufficient information about this subject, kids may turn to their parents for help. Some parents may do everything for their children, including collecting data, outlining the whole article and even finishing the paper. However, other parents may just provide some information sources and ask their kid to select relevant information and design the structure of the article. After finishing the paper, those who finish it independently have understood the whole process of Independent War, while those who do not complete by themselves forget what they learned quickly.
Furthermore, it is indisputable that doing assignment independently can foster children’s ability of solving problems on their own, which is of great importance to their future success in their work and college study. The childhood is a critical period in which children shape characteristics or personalities. If a kid is accustomed to seeking helping from others whenever they encountered setbacks or troubles, he is likely to become emotionally attached to others and will never achieve success. By contrast, those who have formed the habit of resolving problems by themselves have a greater chance to succeed. Take my friend, Thompson, as an example. Whenever Thompson asks their parents for help in the process of doing homework, his parents never directly give him the answer to the questions or do the homework for him. They usually guide Thompson to figure out the answer by himself and thus he formed a good habit of independent thinking. Later in his college study and work, he will always stand out because of his independent ability.