oh my fucking god this is so true
Is it ok to present that to my principal anonimously?
“why is homework legal”
“it’s basically slavery”
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
Insensitive and belittling comparison to the literal ENSLAVEMENT of human beings in forced manual and socioeconomic roles for their ENTIRE LIVES as objects to be owned and sorted into a subhuman class according to predetermined and uncontrollable hereditary and aesthetic qualities ASIDE,
Homework is sometimes assigned in excess, for sure, but it provides a necessary purpose. School work, such as homework and class presentations, are part of training for the real world. You think you’ll get a free pass on all work in the real world because you cite a hangup or psychological issue? Forget that shit. Seriously, forget it, it provides a destructive psychological crutch that impedes your recovery and self-actualization as a happy and functioning individual.
The real world is structured as a meritocracy, and if you don’t possess basic skills like literacy, critical thinking, and aptitude at public speaking, then guess what?
You want some actual beneficial change for people with anxiety and depression related to school? Sure, let’s deal with the actual roots of the problems at hand:
- school bullying,
- peer pressure,
- treatment of grades as a measure of inherent worth rather than mastery of utilitarian skills,
- internalized stigmas about psychological disorders,
- and of course the lack of education about said disorders that gives forth these stigmas.
But DON’T blame this on homework—at least not on the principle of homework. In execution, school work has deviated from its philosophic core, but that would only worsen with the elimination of said homework.
I’ll be damned before I agree to a school system that doesn’t provide some work or training for kids so they can be ready for the workplace. Not only does that fuck over society, it fucks over the students. What kind of moral being would be comfortable with thrusting our children into the working world without giving them the proper opportunities to develop skills to work and thus feed and clothe themselves?
Psychological disorders or hangups are why we have private and public opportunities available to people for treatment and therapy. And guess what? Those therapists became competent and got their jobs by getting educated. The best therapists are those which have found an ideal job according to the skills they developed and rewarded for their talents in the societal meritocracy. And sub-par therapists are the result of a failed meritocracy, which is an inevitability of a world without school work to educate and train students.
And social anxiety about public speaking? Sorry, that’s pretty universal. Elimination of public speaking for the socially anxious means elimination of public speaking for nearly everyone. It’s a fear everyone in a civilized society should conquer eventually—and if not conquer, then learn to cope with when necessary. (I am a strong proponent of this system, as through exposure to this fear, I was able to progress from a hyperventilating, nauseous wreck to a calm, competent speaker in a variety of social and public situations.)
There are mechanisms in place to deal with serious cases of anxiety, and any roadblocks to recovery are not the fault of this construct of homework as much as the reasons listed in the bullet points above. So don’t channel blame unjustly or adopt anti-intellectualism and ignorance as a balm for your stresses; it only worsen your situation and impede the functioning of society in the long run.
(Source: mysecretinspiration, via sagefishery)