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.'.."
There many lessons to be learned outside of the school classroom. Homework should be remedial in nature , if necessary, with availability of instructors. As it stands, my son has Chess Club, Cub Scouts, soccer and me 24/7 where he learns a great deal about life, self esteem and how to be self sufficient while enjoying his role in relationships.
Homework detention is onerous and unnecessary. It gives people a good reason for resentment and does not teach about responsibility.
At work, I'm given a great deal of independence to accomplish what needs to be done, in the most efficient way possible.
At school, I'm only allowed to do it, in the least efficient way I can, by doing mindless and repetitive crap, I don't need to do.
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.
This thread is a shining example of why we're being absolutely stomped by the educational systems of most other developed countries.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
How much work do you expect children to do? Six to seven hours in school every weekday SHOULD be more than enough time to teach the necessary material. Socialization and play are also VERY important components in a child's development.
Should we make children work for 8-9 hours a day? Because that's what we are doing by giving them homework. When do they get to play and just be kids? And I don't think our "failures" have anything at all to do with homework. Give me a break!