5 thoughts on “Why didn’t you do your homework?”

  1. I am a teacher and I totally agree with this young teen. Homework has little value, is boring and only serves to create resentment of school. Children rarely learn by rote repetition. If a teacher assigns a project or experiment that the student finds interesting and that can be completed during an extended period, the child will learn vastly more than “doing pages 8 to 12” in the math book. A child or teen is not a “little adult” – they are a child or a teen. If adults bring work home from a job that they freely chose, that is their prerogative

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  2. I would disagree on only one point: children should learn the times tables by rote rather than just by “understanding.” Understanding is great in the classroom but doesn’t do any good in the grocery store. I rely fairly often on my ability to multiply quickly. My 13-year-old granddaughter has no idea how to work out how many donuts are in 4 dozen without using her phone calculator.

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    • Yes, I see what you mean that rote learning can have it’s place. There are things like the times table, months of the year, basic addition facts and other permanent concepts that are very helpful to learn that way. And I agree that it’s unfortunate that children don’t get much opportunity to learn those today. It would make life easier for them. (Fractions are another thing that people often don’t seem to understand, such as half, which is odd to me!) Those concepts could be suggested to parents as helpful tools for children, rather than insisting the child write them out 50 times or similar. Hopefully rigid homework will soon become less popular 🙂

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