“Who invented homework? I want them dead.”
That was my text to my college age child the other night.
Her response back, “Who ever is trying to ruin my life right now.” It was 11:00 pm and she was still studying.
I had been studying science all afternoon, well actually my 8th grader had…no, back to my original statement, I had been studying science all afternoon.
I do not like homework. I’m pretty sure I didn’t when I was in school and I’m positive I don’t now. With that being said, how is it that over the years I have done more studying than I did when I was in school? I told the 8th grader who lives in my house, “I’ve already done my time. Now it’s your turn. Homework is a cruel right of passage, suck it up. I survived it and so will you…though it’s not looking so good for you at the moment.”
The next day I decided to ask my high school student for his thoughts concerning the reason for homework.
“Why...” He looked at me with a kind of wild, I might loose it at any second because I have been up all night studying, kind of look. “Because 8 hours of school isn’t enough,” was his rather sarcastic response.
I felt it prudent to not engage him any further in the discussion.
I decided it would be much safer and more fun to ask others beyond those on my home front because, frankly, I suspected that our opinions of homework might be somewhat…tainted.
The fact of the matter is that the utterance of the word, “homework,” sends the people in this house into a state of sheer panic. Cold sweats, rapid pulse, nausea – and that’s just me; my kid’s reactions are even worse than mine. Well that’s not true, my youngest son’s reaction is usually more like, “Homework…what homework?” Which basically explains why I now find myself in this downward spiral.
So I sent out a group text to some of the wisest, most spiritually solid women I know. The group included high school students, college students, mothers, teachers – though I was somewhat hesitant to send them the text because, well, they have to back the whole homework thing.
My text read: “Need help from wise discerning women. Who invented homework and why? My theory is that a deranged person who wanted to torture completely innocent parents did. Might want to respond directly to me so won't blow up phones on this group text - unless earth shattering and all need to know! It's for a blog. Thanks!”
Responses are as follows:
“You may be right with your theory. It is believed, however, to be Roberto Nevilis in Italy
in 1095. However, the spin our American culture puts on it may actually take away from the purpose of homework. We see it as punishment instead of an opportunity to excel.”
…That comment was from a graduate student. Obviously, she enjoys torture. Her comment doesn’t count – mainly because it doesn’t support my theory.
A recent college graduate still traumatized from the whole homework experience wrote, “The devil invented it – homework is the devil.”
“Clearly homework was invited by an evil, evil person to weaken adults and to show adults that their education was far inferior to their children's work today because there's no parent that can help their child do 7th grade geometry.”
…Or 8th grade math, I might add.
“Thought I was done with school when I graduated college, but have been back in elementary school for the past 3 years, working on 4. Didn't notice it so much with the girls, but have to work with the boy EVERY day. I look forward to weekends-only time there isn't any homework!”
…Boy mama comment…
“Someone who doesn’t have kids.”
“Concerning your questionable comment about wanting them dead…they are.”
…Well sadly, that’s not making me feel any better.
“We don’t call it homework. We call it extended practice.”
…Only because this person knows how much I love her am I going to say this… “What is wrong with you?”
There were a few comments that I can’t post, what with this being a Christian website and all. Though I do have to admit that they were certainly thought provoking. You know what, let me just share this last one…
“When the schools pass out the agendas to the students at the beginning of every year, they should also pass out valium to each parent.”
See what I mean by thought provoking? I’m going to insist that she run for the school board - or president of the United States, and I for one will be voting for her.
Have a great week!
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