Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Financial Cost of Kids Spending Time On Homework

There's nothing more satisfying to a parent than seeing their son or daughter busy working on their homework.  Having to continue to prompt, or even yell at a child to start their homework, is a nightmare that plays out in many homes across this country daily.  Many people believe this formula: Excellence in School + Effort on Homework = Successful Offspring.  Parent, I want you to reconsider this formula.

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Does effort on homework really enhance the path to success?  You may say, "Yes! Because doing homework will lead to a better grade in my child's class.  And getting better grades in class can help my child get into college."  You have all been brainwashed by your own experiences in school to believe that there are no better paths to success.

There is one theme that connects all successful people.  Successful people do not stop working on their craft and personal growth.  They write out goals.  They take action.  Most of them probably hated having to do homework as youths because it took them away from what they loved doing and were passionate about.

The only homework I ever valued was that assigned by my English teacher.  But not all of it.  I valued having to read a book, and write essays only.  Reading (not from a textbook) and writing are the only skills students need to be assigned past their school day.  These skills transfer into any profession.  I will probably take a lot of flak for this but the homework of any other class is a big waste of time.

As a science teacher, I believe that if I can't get my students to understand the concept or content of the lesson during the class period, then it's my own fault!  If a math teacher can't get students to be able to do a certain skill during the period, then he/she should wait until the next day!  Homework punishes kids and takes away their evenings to work on their own pursuits.  Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestseller, Outliers: The Story of Success, discovered that it takes around 10,000 hours to really be great at something.  That something may be playing an instrument, skateboarding, Karate, soccer, painting, writing stories or a book, whatever.

Homework spreads kids too thin.  There is no way, no how, a student gets to their 10,000 hours wasting time on useless homework.  This is why most people end up being average in life, coming out of college with a degree, and joining everyone else in the rat race.  They never got great at any one thing!  It happened to me.  Here I am now many years after college honing my craft as an influencer.  Sure, some students become highly paid individuals, but they're still slaves of fear.  They work hard for money all of their lives, fearing the loss of everything they've accumulated.

If not homework, what should your child be doing?  Anything else!  Yes, even video games.  Video game design is a huge industry these days.  Who is to say your child will not one day design the next Angry Birds?  Your job as a parent is to outsmart your obsessed child.  For example, if video games is what they're into, go to your local bookstore and get Videogame Design for Dummies.  Follow it up with Beginning Flash Game Programming for Dummies.  Do not let them simply play all evening.  Set a schedule around both reading and playing.

Introduce your kids to massively successful individuals.  As early as middle school, have them read non-fiction books on success.  Kids love reading stories of supernatural beings, and make-believe kingdoms.  They may as well be doing homework!  Yes, your kids may develop a love of reading with "fun" books.  But unless your child wants to become the next J.K. Rowling, reading fantasy books produces no future income stream.  Have them read books about goal setting, positive mental attitude, the law of attraction, the principles of success, sales, and entrepreneurship.

Life would be a lot easier for parents if they weren't stressing about their children's homework.  Evenings are for family and personal growth.  That's all I have to say.  Drop mic.

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