WHY GIVE OUT HOMEWORK?
I have a 14 year old granddaughter that’s driving her parents
No one would ever have suspected it of this child.
A swimmer, a junior life guard to boot,
When it comes to homework she doesn’t give a hoot.
Her backpack is stuffed with papers and books,
She continues to give her teachers dirty looks.
But they don’t care as they pile on more,
“Have a nice day” as she goes out the door.
Two hours of physics; three more of math,
She takes a break for a quick bath.
On to science and history next,
Thank goodness she is smart enough to learn from the text.
But wait! What if she learns thing wrong,
It’s not like learning the lyrics of a song.
If “ i “ follows “e”, except after “c”
Who tells her the exceptions; can’t be me.
She finishes her assignment even though it’s not right,
And goes to bed and turns off the light.
The next day she turns in her work,
Let’s hope her teacher is not a jerk.
For what is the purpose of giving this work,
What is she supposed to learn?
More often than not the homework is tossed,
While the student, and parents, get burned.
If you can answer the question 4 of 5 times
And the answer is usually right,
Doing 95 more problems will not enhance the learning,
Especially when it is done at night.
What happened to being young for a very short time,
And old forever it seems,
The only time a child has fun,
Is in their own personal dreams.
The people that say that “homework is important,”
Are the ones that never had trouble.
The ones learning it wrong day after day,
Are the ones who break the bubble.
For college is out; who knows what is in,
They are always taking it on the chin.
Their failure rate is second to none,
The homework will never be done.
Let’s put a limit on the amount sent home,
No more than a total hour or two,
Learning takes place between teacher and student,
That’s what they are paid to do.
Homework does not build character for all,
In fact, it is very discouraging.
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel good about self,
Wouldn’t that be more encouraging?
Tell those parents and administrators too,
The ones that clamor for homework,
That learning it once, and learning it right
Should eliminate staying up all night.
If a student can learn by textbook alone,
Without any interaction,
Seems to me we could save some money,
And eliminate the teacher faction.
And this is coming from a teacher of years
Who watches her granddaughter shed many tears.
The potential is there but not for long,
Maybe she’d be better off learning that song.
For school, and homework is not meeting her needs,
She should get out and play,
She’s learning the material in the classroom, you see,
And she is learning it day by day.
The “night by night” is taking its toll,
For more of the same is not working,
She’s developing a hatred for class and school,
And, believe me, she is no ones fool.
Unless it is realized that no learning takes place,
Sitting at a desk at night,
The students of today will not be secure,
In the knowledge that they are right.
Take a look at the assignments today and see
What they are meant to teach,
And see how hard and unnecessary they are,
How many students did the teacher reach?
If you answer is “I can reach more”
By improving the way I teach,
You, and your students, have come a long way,
To close the learning breach.