Homework is Evil

10ftmlThe studies just keep pouring in: homework is bad for the mental and physical health of your children. It’s pedagogically unsound. What’s more, homework constitutes a kind of regressive tax on the people public education ought to be helping the most: the children of recent immigrants and the poor. After all, how are you supposed to help your kids with their French homework if you’re not especially strong in French? And how are you supposed to help your kids with their homework when you’re working long hours at two or three jobs just to make ends meet? But most of my kids’ teachers know all of this by now. And yet they keep assigning more and more homework. In my darker, more cynical moments, this leads me to suspect that the crazy rise in homework is really all about teachers offloading and outsourcing a whole bunch of the actual work of teaching to parents. Stuff that ought to be done in school during school time gets done at home during what ought to be leisure time.

—John Faithful Hamer, The Myth of the Fuckbuddy (2016)

About John Faithful Hamer

John Faithful Hamer is a college professor who still can't swim, drive, or pay his bills on time. His sense of direction is notoriously unreliable, yet he'd love to tell you where to go. His lack of practical skills is astounding, and his inability to fix things is renowned, yet he'd love to tell you what to do. His mismanagement of time is legendary, as is his inability to remember appointments, yet he fancies himself a philosopher and would love to tell you how to live. He wouldn't survive in a state of nature, of that we can be sure; but he's doing quite well in the big city, which has always been a refuge for the ridiculous, a haven for the helpless, and a friend to the frivolous.

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