Who Invented Homework?

Carrie Cariello

Since the dawn of time, kids have been asking why they need to learn things. When I was in school I asked these questions, and now my own kids ask them too.

“Why do I need to know how to diagram a sentence?”

“When am I ever going to have to write a book report again?”

“Tell me! Tell me when I’m going to have to use algebra! Why do I need to know this?”

But as each year passes, these kinds of questions become more and more legitimate for my son, Jack.

What does he really need to know?

Just when I thought math couldn’t get any worse for this boy, we hit sixth grade. Sixth grade math is really just a whole lot of words, like greatest common factor and lowest common denominator and perimeter.

Jack hates words. Words are hard for him. They wash over him like…

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