Did you do your homework?


Most of us relate to homework with school.

Door Bell.
Mom opens the door to a bunch of kids who ask if their friend can play with them.

Mom calls out his son. Asks if he finished homework and makes a decision of letting him play based on that crucial answer.

Indeed. Like many kids, even I have made excuses like, yea mom I finished – even though it wasn’t. Or told her I’ll come back and do it, even though I know I’ll be too tired and eventually I’ll be rushing through it in the morning before school bus arrives.

As a pre-teen I dint know how long this habit or culture of homework will last.

I know now.

I never stops.

It keeps coming and keeps coming.

And if you feel you got no homework, think again.

Homework

Homework culture was inculcated in school life, according to my understanding, so that students can revise what they studied in school that day, and maybe use it to think further i.e. extending the boundaries of logic/reasoning/thinking.

Though most students argue, this is unnecessary, and many countries even execute such rules of “no-homework”.

But don’t the elders or policy makers of such states realize what inactivity they are pushing the younger ones into? With a habit of no homework, how will one to learn the art of retaining information and reproducing it whenever necessary? How will one learn that a basic equation or logic can fit into more than one things? How will the younger generation be pushed to think out of the box?

To give an example, will an entrepreneur have no homework? Will he not come back home and think/note his daily learning? Will he not make a mental account of the data he processed the entire day?

Or will a manager not recall after going home, about the deals he signed or the papers he filed or the people he dealt with?

The thinking process after coming home initiates a lot of healthy thought process. Some conscious and some sub-conscious. If I can go back home today and recall the mistakes I made, most likely, I will not repeat those mistakes.

See how it works –

  • I think of my mistake.
  • I track back my path, what led to what. (which will require remembering past events too)
  • I make a mental note that there issues led to a bad decision.
  • Then think why did those things happen? What led to them?
  • Reach the major root causes.

The next time any of those causes or any scenarios which can lead to those come up, I will be mentally prepared with an algorithm. That now this can happen and then this can happen – which happened last time too – which eventually led to that loss or wrong decision.

So this time, I will take an alternate path to do my work. I will ensure the same mistake is not repeated because I remember where it led to last time. And because I did not cease to do my homework.

Take another example, imagine if doctors don’t do their homework. If they don’t recognize us the next time we meet them. Or worst case – they are not able to cure us because they cant remember what our symptoms mean! Probably if a doctor sees a peculiar case or a new symptom, he would go read/research about it or consult fellow doctors. But if he doesn’t do his homework – doesn’t consult nor any research, imagine the risk on patient’s health.

So not only doing homework, doing it timely is also important. And that is a habit developed in us during our tender years in school. Maybe we shrug at helping the kids around us to do their homework, or let them go easy if they don’t, but it the long run it will leave a negative impact on their personality.

Additionally, it is important matured people do their homework too. Maybe its just a lazy office job, maybe its just a cooking lesson, maybe its just a walk or a chat with a neighbor which happened that day, revise it in your head before sleeping. Take a small note of something you casually noticed but dint feel important that time. Think about your right and wrong decisions.

Most likely, it will help you sometime somewhere someday.

P.S :

In near future (April end) I am writing a series of “un-posted letters” on my blog and inviting guest posts for the same.

The compilation of this would have letters you never posted…the ones you wrote/wanted to write to your mother/teacher/neighbor/boss/husband/friend/ex but did not.. There is no need for names, you can address them to “an inspiring soul” or “a long lost friend” or “love of my life”..

Leave a comment in case you’re interested to be a part of this.

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33 thoughts on “Did you do your homework?

  1. We all m must have done this as children and would have never felt guilty about it, but when our children repeat our deeds, we feel the pain our parents felt.

    A delicate thought, nicely put in words, Kudos.

    Please let me know more about the guest post, would be interested to post unwritten letters….

  2. Love the letter idea! Can’t wait to read those!

    On the matter of homework, I have my different experience to share. Last year I quit my job of four years where every minute of my life outside those walls was homework. I would leave the office and review the day on my commute. When I got home I would think constantly about strategies and options and reports to investigate. As I lay in bed I mentally noted all of the meetings and deadlines I had coming up…. And all this got me was depressed with a permanent headache! So after I left I set out for work which ends when the clock strikes – jobs without homework. Now in the evenings I am free to cook and socialise and write and go driving around the farm and watch tv.. I’m *living* life, and I wouldn’t trade it for double the pay and all that homework! 🙂

    • I agree with you. My last job was a Home Health nurse. I loved it, but it ate up my life. After going home I still spent 2-3 hours finishing up on the computer. It seemed I was always on call. I did not mind it until years later when I discovered how much the stress was affecting my physical health. I was forced to retire for health reasons. I do not think it’s healthy to spend too much time rehashing the day’s events.

  3. This post title talk its way to my head, crash it right! 😛 I’ve few assignments to do and haven’t finished any of them yet. This is like some sort of a reminder to me to work on my assignments, a creepy kind of reminder! 😛

    Much that I hate my homework/assignment right now, it’ll do good for me afterwards. Homework is a good way of revising anything, children and adult as well, so as long it don’t burden too much and take too much time. A constant practice through homework is another way to ace a test or a goal, which must be within limits. I’ve heard of a school that gave students too much homework that their students were too stressful and ended up lost interest in study.

  4. Homework never ends. So unstructure it fromt he begimning and homework becomes a matter of self wanted skill to achieve and retain in keeping it up. COnstant homework without the cliche of hours of time and tons of money lost. Loss that cliche from the beginning then HOMEWORK is no longer a bad word.

  5. Homework is the bane of my life. I would happily send my youngest to a school with a no homework policy. Because most homework given is given to show parents that the teacher is working their child and keeping them on their toes. It is not thought out. It keeps them indoors on beautiful days. Surely there is time enough in all our lives to do homework. Let our children be children. I hated homework as a child and as a teenager and even when I was nursing. I did as little as possible, but I am ferociously hard working in life. I cannot agree that homework helps create a habit and good work ethic. I guess you can hear me groaning! No homework!

  6. The letter series sounds interesting. Am up for writing one! Your analysis of homework culture is bang on, though I think it takes the form of not work but reflection and is very different from extending work into home time, a stupid affliction we all suffer from!

  7. As a few people have stated before me, homework can be a bad thing.
    When I had my roofing business, I would wake in the morning and whilst jogging, revise my schedule for the day, then I would go to work and work till late, either on site or in my office. When I got home, I was revising orders, calculating quotes, calling customers, etc.
    My average work day was around 17hrs. That all ended when I popped a disk in my back.
    Now, again, I’m heading into a intense work situation as an engineer. I take several books home with me from the office, a set of plans, my laptop.
    I get emails from my boss at 10pm, atleast he works as hard as he expects me to work.

    This constantly working thing is not good and it can be extremely unhealthy.
    The guys on an hourly rate in my company often get angry when they hear how much my salary is, until I point out that my hourly rate would be extremely low and that they have the benefit of being able to walk away at the end of the day when they put their tools down.

    Yes, students need discipline, but it shouldn’t be unmanageable and it should definitely not lead to a negative adult life.

  8. I left a comment for sixmoreweeks that you might want to read. I now plan my day and try not to waste a lot of time rehashing problems. I feel that constantly dwelling on problems has a negative effect on one’s health.
    Homework should be limited. Not everyone of my teachers gave homework everyday, but that was 50 years ago. Today it seems the teachers are lazy or don’t want to be bothered teaching. They give more homework than is reasonable. Kids need time to socialize (only some should be on the computer!) with family and friends. They need time to be involved in other activities besides school. Teachers should worry about teaching appropriate subjects and not how to kiss. The average child that graduates today has less than a 8th grade education according to a statistic I read a while back.

    • I agree with you to a certain extent.. Too much homework is not necessary, if it becomes that you’re never in the moment (family time, celebrations, other occasions) and constantly thinking and worrying about your work, then it will obviously have a negative effect on your mind and body..
      But totally neglecting a revision is also not right. It only helps as long as you’r controlling your mind (to revise) and not your mind controlling you (to constantly revise)..

  9. I am awed by your grasp the value of homework. the younger generation, including my grown children are not that discerning regarding homework. When I was much younger, our teachers always gave homework. This was a great practice at home; both the student and teacher learned how much knowledge was retained as well as how well each student understood the days lessons. It was an opportunity to apply the information yourself, without any assistance. Depending on the class, this would allow the student to apply real principles to everyday life and circumstances. You are so right, when you give emphasis to homework as a meaningful time of reflection. Meditation allows for important teachings to be inculcated into your heart. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts. I truly appreciated them; they were indeed refreshing.

    • I think across countries the status and worries about ‘homework’ scenario is different. Many people commented that homework can become an addiction – and life ruining in some conditions – but isn’t that true for anything (and everything) else? Excess of everything is bad – but the homework culture should be retained, it is not something. I, personally, would not want to see it fade away.. Thank you for showing your support.

      • That is so true. Self-control is one of the fruits o God’s power spirit. We could all benefit by acquiring that quality.

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