Screw homework. Frankly I'd prefer to see half of High Schoolers switching to a jobs-oriented Apprenticeship program at age 15 or 16, so when they turn 18 they're trained up for an in-demand skilled trade with an established work experience/work-history already... not everyone is going on to college, nor does everyone need to.
Nowadays we think we have to prep everyone for college, and yet nearly 3/4ths flunk out within the first two years. Half of them didn't want to be there in the first place, methinks.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Actually, I think it's a great idea. This lets the parents know the student isn't turning in homework -- and gives him an opportunity to devote a class period to getting it done -- and possibly working on that day's homework. No big deal. Can't hurt. Might help.
Thank you, Quazi!
The reason I placed "accommodations" in quote marks the first time I used this term was the fact that helicopter parents too often think that because their little Johnny is "special" in some way, he should receive special favorable treatment. I am not referring to those students who genuinely need genuine accommodations.
And I'd love to meet these adults that only work 8 hours a day and never have to take work home with them or stay late to get things done. I don't know any of them. I work late or take work home with me at least one night a week, generally more often than that.
If you build a man a fire, he'll be warm for a day.
If you set a man on fire, he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
School is work without pay, or for any other psychologically motivating reward (I suggest they be given days off). What it really builds is a slave ethic, preparing students who spent a dozen or more years working without pay to accept less pay when finally rewarded for work.
On the outside, trickling down on the insiders.
We won't live free until the 1% live in fear.
Hey, richboys! Imagine the boot of democracy stomping on your faces, forever.
Sweet christmas, is this thread kidding me?
Homework is only there to test if you can manage your time and complete a task within that managed time. It gives you a sense of responsibility beyond the assigned hours you normally would work within school. It's a job that you have to complete on your own time.
It's useful education no matter what career you choose to pursue. It's truly depressing that this would even be considered controversial.
What this teaches you is that you have to follow, arbitrary, useless rules, when there are more efficient and productive ways of completing work.
It teaches you to follow a wasteful standard of work.
What school has inadvertently taught is that there are times, when you shouldn't listen to the boss.
Because they're completely wrong.
I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
The fact you understood and solved the work and found it useless is pretty absurd as a complaint, most don't and are simply being taught in the ways of personal responsibility.