Thursday, November 20, 2008

HOMEWORK SUCKS

Here's a quiz....
How many conceptual artists does it take to screw in a light bulb?
Answer: It is the idea of the light bulb that is what is important.

Not very funny I admit. But here is the real trick question...
How many people does it take in my house to get an eight year old to do all of his homework.
Answer: A team of three yelling and screaming people who are ready to kill each other by the time the assignment is finished.

I know that this is not funny either but it does make the bad joke about conceptual art seem more interesting, at least to me.

When I was a kid, I never did my homework. Both my parents had busy careers and lives, I never saw them. I would sit on the floor and watch TV and when I heard the keys turning in the lock of the front door, I would quickly turn off the TV and grab a book. This was pretty much a nightly activity. It was all fun and games back then although I used to put on a pretty good show about how the teacher was out to get me every time the report cards came home.
So I should be sympathetic or at least uncaring about my son's horrible work ethic and study habits. I should leave him alone and let him figure out for himself how important or not school is. Yea right. And have him turn out like me? I am going to make that kid work his ass off so he gets into Harvard.
I am embarrassed to admit that I have completely grown up into being just like my father. Only minus the lucrative career. Sure my father didn't give a shit about whether or not I did my homework on a nightly basis. He still thought I shuold go to an Ivy League School.
Here is another joke: How many Harvard educated lawyers does it take to get his kid to do his homework. The answer is NONE. You just hire people to try to do that.
I did learn something from my dad. I just don't have the money right now to apply what I learned.

10 comments:

Spatula said...

Like, OMG, you should have seen what we all went through to make my wee sister do her math homework. The screams! The blood! The descent into madness!

She's 11 now, and a bit better about it. Her school has a really good teacher, and she's invested in impressing him.

I never did homework either. Total delinquent. And look at me now, a tax-paying citizen.

Lorrie Veasey said...

LOL- I want to know who the "team of three" is....

Lorrie Veasey said...
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kip said...

My Mom was so busy with the cooking and the other kids in the house that I also got away with never doing my homework. I also perfected waiting for the mailman, and having my report card "not show up."

Anonymous said...

You know, when I was temporarily 'parenting' my 8 year old niece, I personally helped her with homework and stuff. Now she doesn't really remember that or the clothes I bought her or the meals I prepared for her. She doesn't really remember that stuff. However now she will gush happily and say things like, "Remember all those times you used to tie me up to chairs and stuff and I couldn't escape and then you would sometimes tickle me? That was so fun."

Kids ...

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