According to THIS news report, teachers are voting on scrapping homework for school children “because it puts them under too much pressure and makes them unhappy”.
Now, I may not yet be a parent, but I have to put in my tuppence-worth here. I want my kid to have homework. I want to see first-hand what my child is learning in school and see how he/sh is getting on with the work. I also want to see that my child takes some pride in doing well at school and if that means doing a little extra work at home, so be it. To be perfectly honest, if they do scrap homework, then I’ll be setting homework of my own for my little’un because I think it’s important.
What kind of message does it give our youth if we turn around and say, “Oh well, if it makes you unhappy, we’ll just not do that, even though it’s good for you,”? Does it instill any kind of work ethic in the youngsters? No, it does not. All it does is say, “It’s OK not to work hard and do well on your own steam.”
What are these children going to be like when they actually have to get a job?
Previously homework-free kid: Sorry, boss, I don’t like doing the finances – it stresses me out and makes me feel unhappy.
Boss: Oh, that’s OK, we’ll get someone else to do it for you instead. Don’t you worry about it. Would you like a raise and a company car with that?
Somehow, I just don’t think it’ll go down that way…
Anyway, on a schoolkids theme, here’s the fantastic Pink Floyd to amuse you all: