I hate homework.
I hate having to remember to ask Belle to do it, I hate that thing at 8.58pm where she suddenly remembers she has half an hour of homework to do before the next day, I hate the stupid tasks she gets set that you know the teacher has just found on the internet in about the time it takes Belle to sigh heavily and open her homework diary. I hate all of it.
I also hate that it interferes with the things I want to do. In the evenings, having been working all day myself, I would quite like to be doing something fun like going to the cinema or out for dinner. I don’t want to spend my free time explaining how to multiply and divide fractions.
The crux though of my dislike for homework comes down to this: school is meant to prepare us for adult life right? It’s about routine and self discipline and obeying the rules, I get that.
But hang on…
Let’s stop for a minute and take a browse through the lifestyle magazine section in your nearest newsagent. (Use your imagination here, unless you happen to be reading this in WHSmiths, in which case I am expecting you to make the effort and walk over and have a look.)
What’s on the covers? Ignore the ‘drop a dress size in a week’ and ‘shag your way to the perfect beach body’ type articles, we all know those are a pile of crap, but apart from these, what do you see?
Work life balance.
That’s what it’s all about nowadays isn’t it? We are all working too much, taking things home with us, checking emails in bed, when what we should be doing is switching off when we leave the office and enjoying quality time with our families.
So, we spend 14 years teaching kids that they should be putting in lots of regular of work outside school hours, then, as soon as they reach adulthood, we start flogging them magazines to try and persuade them to leave their work at the office.
Is it just me or does that feel a little odd?
I want my children to work hard and do well in school, of course I do, but then I want them to leave school behind and have fun with their friends, play games and go outside. I don’t want them to come home, reopen their books and start work all over again.
What do you think? Is homework really necessary?
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