Monday, April 5, 2010
You ever notice that children in DC, particularly in River East, seldom carry bookbags? I was on my way to work one morning and a young boy nearly mowed me down on the metro platform. I wondered where this kid could possibly be going so early in the morning. It didn't register to me that he'd be going to school because he didn't have a book bag, a notebook, not even a writing utensil!
This is criminal. Homework is essential to education. Homework reinforces the lessons learned in the classroom. I remember I would get a whooping if I forgot to bring home my homework materials. Man, my aunt would make me go outside and get a switch off the ground. We called it the "annointing." And she tore my little behind up.
But nowadays, these kids in River East are too cool for homework. They go to school with their costume jewelry, deep red lipstick, skinny jeans, piercings, and tats on their hands and necks -- but no homework. They have ipods and blackberrys - but no homework. They have boyfriends, girlfriends, and crews, but NO HOMEWORK.
Hmmm... I wonder what excuse we can come up with for this? Who can we blame for our kids not doing homework, failing their classes, and failing at life? Our community always seems to find someone to blame - even for the most basic personal responsibility as completing one's homework.