Eric, a senior at a university in Maine, wrote to me last week:
I’m a senior attending my state’s university and I have to tell you, I was one who didn’t really care for doing or not doing my homework. I understand the importance of it- there isn’t enough class time to teach all that needs to be taught, but really? I mean I remember doing 2 hours of homework each night…short-cutting it doing only what I had to. This didn’t include all of the papers or special projects.
Forget about the others who had real trouble studying. We hear about obesity rising in our kids. There are other facts attributing like marketing junk directly to kids, the age of technology, and just plain motivation.
But don’t people think that if the kids had more time free, and with the help of a little parenting, kids wouldn’t have “ADHD” if they had more time to play and burn energy.
Here’s my main reason why I wanted to email… as I mentioned I remembered doing tons of homework over the years and projects, and when I graduated high school my parents asked me what I wanted to do, now that I’m out. I had no idea. There’s always the popular policeman, fireman, doctor, etc but really… I didn’t have much time to research on the thousands of possibilities. I was assigned so much work that when I didn’t have homework I was working or hanging out with my friends. The stats of kids who enter college because they are supposed to and attend thousands of dollars of classes then switch majors because they don’t really want to do that career, is more common then most may think. Kids need the downtime, not only to clear their heads, play, and have a social life, but to explore what they want to explore without affecting their social/family life. I know you have either thought or heard a lot of the reasons, but I had to mention this reason. I really think it gets overlooked by many.