Essay I wrote for English Class

Got a 97 on it.

Cause and Effect: Not Doing Homework

One of the most interesting cause-and-effect relationships in today’s age is abstinence from homework. From the point of view of an instructor, it seems illogical that a student would choose to not pursue their education; After all, it is their future, is it not? From the student’s view, homework is an offense against personal space and time; what gives a school person the right to affect the student’s life outside of school? Either way, personal view is irrelevant, as the cause and effect of not doing homework are what actually matter.

As referred to in the opening paragraph, a frequent cause of not doing homework is ego. The very idea of having to do academic work out of school is an anathema to many students. Often the adolescent in question feels that the work is below him; he understands the lesson, so why should he have to chew the same old soup? Why does he have to do work which has little easily observable beneficial effect, yet is punished if he does not finish and turn it in on time?

There are, however, cases when the homework is simply not doable. The living circumstances may sometimes severely limit the student’s ability to do the work, and as a result, he is punished unjustly for his existence. This type of refraining from work is usually rare. When there is a will, there is a way.

The last significant causes are simple laziness or improperly planned procrastination. While the result is the same, the latter is more easily fixed than the former. Sheer laziness is a deeply rooted bad work ethic, and is often irrational. Significant negative feedback is needed to overcome this condition, and often it is not enough. On the other hand, procrastination is simply poor time management and overestimation of one’s skill. To remedy this, just wait. Seriously, that is all that the instructor needs to do. Eventually the student’s grade will buckle and cave in, and he will either have a fit or plan his work better.

The effects of homework abstinence are varied, but usually can be summarized in about three categories: emotional, physical, and academical. Sometimes the student’s grade may fall, and other times not doing homework changes little.

If the cause is ego and the grade changes little, the student’s estimation of self-importance will swell unnecessarily. He is inclined to become more arrogant, do less homework, if any was being done at all, and become just slightly obnoxious to talk to. If the grade does suffer, he may either reform his ways, or more likely, feel emotionally injured and not do anything to change.

When the cause is procrastination, the effects are either lack of sleep, a dropped grade, or both. Procrastination means stretching, blowing it off until the last minute, so to speak, and this schedule (or rather lack thereof) overlaps with time when the student would usually be sleeping. The lack of sleep further damages the student’s performance in class; he is able to understand less and has difficulty staying awake. The damage to his grade, well-being, and academic progress is quite profound, if left unchecked.

Lastly, no matter what the reason, cause, or excuse for homework abstinence, the pupil suffers reduced ability to learn; the purpose of homework is to set in stone the class lesson, and not doing homework weakens his foundation, upon which his whole knowledge base is built. Further, since his grade is lower, his chances of being accepted in colleges or acquiring financial aid in the form of scholarships are reduced as well. Overall, abstinence (from homework) is very unsuitable for a scholar. Saving oneself for college is not a viable option.

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