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Teen’s Perspective : Going Back to Homework

by Sam P. | September 12th, 2011 | Teen Perspective, Teens
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It’s 6 p.m., you just got back from football and you have tons of homework to do, but you just don’t feel like doing it. Your bedtime is 10 p.m., you still have to eat and shower too. Time ticks by and suddenly it’s 9:30 and that essay that you had to write still isn’t done! You whip one up real quick before you go to bed. The next day the teacher grades it and gives you a D. You’re normally a straight A-B student and you don’t get why you got such a bad grade. Well, here’s the answer. You kept putting off that essay until the last minute; if you had done it at 6:00 instead of 9:30, you probably could have gotten an A because you would have had more time to work on it.

Everybody hates homework and I’m sure you’d all rather be hanging out with friends than doing homework, but sometimes homework has to come first. If you are on your high school or middle school team I’m sure you have your sports practice right after school, so you can’t do your homework right after school — but you can do it right after you eat dinner and shower, and if you work hard on it, I’m sure you’ll still have some time to do what you want.

If you don’t do sports through your school, then you most likely don’t have them until later at night. If so, then try to get your homework done right when you get home – it will be so much easier. The same if you don’t do sports, tell your friend, “I’ll be over in an hour, I have to do my homework first.” If you do it then, you won’t be killing yourself to finish it before bed.

Also, if you do it right before bed you will be tired and you may not be thinking straight and could get quite a few answers wrong. But, if you do your homework as soon as you can, you will be more awake, and if you can do it right after school, you will still be fresh with knowledge from just having school 15-20 minutes ago. So next time you don’t have your homework done and Sally Sue wants you to go to the mall with her tell her, “Give me an hour so I can finish my homework”, then you can go shop your heart out.

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4 Comments
  1. Michele says:

    This is excellent advice. As a high school or a middle school student, your job is to go to school and do your homework. Like any other job, you need to do your best in order to succeed, which means delaying fun until the work is completed.

  2. @Michelle, you are wrong, it is not a child’s “job” to go to school and do their homework. School and homework are forced upon children against their will- It is literally a forced hostage situation, not paid work that a youth chooses. I fully support youth boycotting homework, or better yet, unschooling. My teen son is an unschooler and he is living his dreams now, not in the future, doing the things he loves.

    Sam P., I suggest getting a hold of The Teenage Liberation Handbook by Grace Llewellyn. Ditch the homework and go hang out with your friends. I boycotted homework from 8th grade until my senior year and now I am an author, an mental health counselor, mother of a teen son and a children’s rights advocate. My high school grades have nothing to do with my life now and homework had no relevance to anything I ever did once I left school.

    I am so dismayed that Michelle, the person who wrote the previous comment, believes it is a youth’s “job” to go to school and do homework! Wow- Where is the law of nature that says that?

  3. Michele says:

    @Laurie, I agree that unschooling can be an option, but only for certain individuals. To my mind a good example is a teen who is knowledgeable about cars and repairing them but who struggles with typical schooling. For a teen such as this, there is no need to force the child to sit through history lessons and math tests. That teen would benefit from a mentoring program in the automotive field far more than a traditional school program.

    However, I do stand by my assertion that teens need to complete homework. Homework is a way of learning. In order to attain a higher degree, homework and learning are part of the process.

  4. Sam P. says:

    I understand what both of you are saying, but typically how you did in high school reflects how you will do in the real world. If you blow off high school, you are likely not to get into a good college, and typically that result in being the bag lady at Shaws for the rest of your life. You may have gotten lucky but, most other people wont.

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