How to Get Kids to Hate Homework - in Seven Easy Steps
Mar 18, 2010How to Get Kids to Hate Homework - in Seven Easy Steps
- Begin assigning homework early in the child's school career. The younger the child, the better.
- Assign a task that is rote and tedious - for example, copying out words for a spelling test or memorizing number facts.
- Make sure they are expected to do this repetitive task daily.
- Change the expectations - only slightly - every two weeks.
- Continue steps 1 through 4 for 189 days.
- For extra impact, make the homework expectations bleed into at least one day of the weekend.
- Convince the child that tedious homework will teach them to become good citizens and workers of the future. This will give the child a feeling that the homework they hate will never end.
The homework is still fresh and funWeek 1-10: All is new. The child enjoys their new task.
Their work is neat and easy to read.
Week 11 - 20: Notice the sloppiness, the scratching out, the experimenting with writing styles - the boredom is starting to set in. The 7 steps are starting to take effect!
homework is getting frustrating
Week 21 - 35: Look at those deliberate holes in the paper. Look at the obvious frustration! An example of a successful implementation of the 7 steps.
the child is totally frustrated with their homework assignments