posted on Oct, 2 2008 @ 07:34 PM
I'll be the first to admit, I despise homework. My face still gets all red with anger when I'm visiting my parents back home and they ask "Do you
have any homework?" Seriously - I hate homework, but I wish I had of done it in Highschool. I barely did homework, I almost NEVER studied. As
a result? My grades reflected this, and my study habbits carried with me to my first year of college - let me tell you, the lovely blast of cold water
I got in my face, woke me the heck up.
My frist day of College, I was barely 18 and taking this first year Economics Class. My Professor walked in and his speech went something like this:
"My name is Dr.Whatever and this is an introductory course to Microeconomics. I don't take attendance and I won't chase you for homework. Why?
Because you're adults. Now, come to class, don't come to class. I Don't Care either way, because I still get paid."
I thought "Perfect. I'm gonna skip every damn one of these classes, and just hand in the assignments!" You wanna know what happend? I went into the
Final Exam needing 80% to pass the course. So? I failed the course. And the best part? I was on Academic Probation for TWO semesters and NOW I
have a nice little F on the bottom of my Academic Transcript. 4 years later, and its still there! Nevermind the other 6 Econ Classes I have taken to
date, contributing towards my minor that are NOT F's... That F...sticks out like sore thumb. It hurts my eyes sometimes too when I look at it....
Doing homework in Highschool, I believe, is essential in developing personal time-management skills, personal responsibility etc.. etc.. all of
which are qualities that will HELP you in Post-Secondary. The professors teaching? They all had homework too! After my frist year of College, I had to
re-learn how to study. How to manage my time, becuase I had NO clue. In Highschool I didn't have 5 hours of homework everynight...BUT...I did have 5
hours of homework the night BEFORE all my homework and assignments were due. Time Management. And this is a lesson I am still learning today.
Sure I complain about homework, and as a matter of fact I just finished an Essay this morning, at 1:30am, and I wrote a Mid-term this morning at
11:30am, which, I was also studying for this morning when I woke up at 6:00am. Yeah Homework cramps my style and I'll be the first to admit that I
despise homework, and if I was back in grade 11 or 12, I would agree with you my dear - abolish homework!
However...my views have changed, because as a 4th Year University Student:
If I wasn't paying through the freakin' nose for school...
If I didn't spend between $400 and $750 for textbooks PER semester
If I didn't have Goals...
If I didn't want a Ph.D...
If I wanted to end up working at McDonalds when I'm 32...
I wouldn't do my freakin' homework... Failing Simply isn't an option anymore. I am responsible for myself....not my parents. Not my teachers. Me. I
am the one who will either be standing on the Podium with the other graduates - or I won't be. And it'll be my glory, or my fault respectfully.
Is the Education System Flawed? You bet it is, I will agree with you in that respect. But, your teachers aren't out to get you. You're teachers
don't not want you to have a life. They're preparing you so that when you attend you're first day of College, you aren't overwhelmed by the LACK
of supervision and the DRASTIC increase in self-responsibility. They want you to be the absolute BEST that you can. Well, I found that with my
[edit on 10/2/2008 by CA_Orot]