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Should homework in school be abolished as capitalist indoctrination?

Asked by ragingloli (49249points) April 16th, 2021

The argument could be made, that homework brainwashes children into accepting unpaid, mandatory overtime work as normal and acceptable.

If you do not want to get rid of homework, what material compensation would you introduce, to ‘pay’ pupils for sacrificing a substantial percentage of their private life?

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kritiper's avatar

Homework wouldn’t be needed if kids went to school full time all year round. But capitalist indoctrination?? You make it sound like a bad thing…

JLeslie's avatar

I do want to get rid of homework grades k-2, and I definitely don’t believe in homework every night even older ages.

I’m ok with the idea of paying children to do work, even schoolwork, but not on a daily basis. More like an overall fee for effort or for graduating or something. Pay them for not getting pregnant also.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

I think homework for free is communism. I refused to work for free in grade school. Gold star’s did not motivate me to produce free homework.
I have no problem Fluthering for free. For now. My pay is answering my questions for now.

When my time is more valuable, at a premium, then I will move to YouTube as a career answering questions.

hello321's avatar


@kritiper: “But capitalist indoctrination?? You make it sound like a bad thing…”

It is a bad thing.

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gondwanalon's avatar

Bizarre question.

Home work has no relationship with capitalism.

The payment to students who study hard and long is knowledge, self improvement and future success.

JLeslie's avatar

@gondwanalon A lot of children don’t understand why gaining knowledge is important and are not naturally curious, or lose curiosity as they become teenagers. School is drudgery for many young people. They are tired, bored, and have little concept regarding which items they learn while in school will be useful in the future.

gondwanalon's avatar

I understand that students can’t see the purpose of leaning basic skills in early years of school. It’s up to parents and teachers to help students understand.

I mentioned this before that I had no adult supervision at home. In the 1st & 2nd grades I had no idea why I was there. I flunked the 2nd grade and leaned pretty much nothing in my 2nd year of 2nd grade or the 3rd grade. Somehow I made it to 4th grade where my teacher (Mrs. Butler) told me that she heard all about me and said she would put up with any of my nonsense. She made me come in ½ hour early each day to learn how to read. I started reading quickly and suddenly I understood the concept of cause and effect. It was easier to work hard and do good things that it was to be lazy and do bad things. It took a lot of work to catch up with the other students. By 7th grade I had about averages skills in all subjects and in high school I could get any grade that I was willing to work for. Went on to get a BA in Zoology and took another year of advanced medical lab courses to become a Medical Technologist.

JLeslie's avatar

@gondwanalon I remember your story now that you tell it again. It’s extremely similar to my father’s story.

My story is different. I learned to read in first grade with the other children and the teachers liked me very much, I was a compliant girl and good at playing and getting along with the other children.

I found out in later grades that some friends were given $1 per A, and I told my parents and my dad said, “learning is the reward.” It meant nothing to me. My parents were not very focused or involved with what or how I was learning in school, but they were focused on the importance of education.

I have no idea if I would have worked harder if I was paid for a grade. For $1, probably not, although, I guess that would be more like $10 today. I was simply lazy about school. If it had been $100 I probably would have worked harder. Poor people might be more motivated than middle class by the opportunity to earn money, but maybe not. Hard to generalize.

I thought Bloomberg did something with motivating students with money. Maybe it was somewhere else and not NYC. I’ll try to Google for it. It might have been just talk and never put into practice.

Of course the ideal solution is making school more interesting and enjoyable for kids.

LostInParadise's avatar

The homework is supposed to be for the benefit of the student, same as in college.

JLeslie's avatar

@LostInParadise Most studies show for very young children there is little to no benefit, and in my opinion can be detrimental. I’m talking kindergarten through second or third grade. There are some elementary schools now that are homework free in the youngest grades as part of their specific program.

Kropotkin's avatar

Yes. Homework isn’t just indoctrination, it’s also a selection filter which favours those with traits desirable to capitalism.

The school institution is authoritarian and hiearchical; just like capitalism.

The most “successful” childen are the ones who don’t question the rationality of what’s going on around them, and simply get their heads down and work unquestioningly, obey their teachers, and do their homework without complaint.

School hours also coincide with typical work hours and primarily act as glorified day-care centres.

JLeslie's avatar

How is homework more indoctrination than school itself? I don’t get it.

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