Alright, I know I rant a lot about homework, but what other force in the universe would cause me to be writing this blog post during the witching hours?
Up until today, I though homework was a needed force, a good force that allowed use students to learn at home. Annoying, but ultimately helpful for performances on tests and retention of material.
Now Iâ€™m not so sure about that.
Today, my economics teacher was flustered to say the least. He is usually a very passionate man who really, really loves his job and will usually just talk to us about economics throughout a class period as we doze off and on or work on homework for our other classes, but today he was a little irritated that literally half of the class was in a comatose state as a result of having to work on a mixture of senior reports and internal assessments. Having had enough of his patience tried, he stood in front of the room and asked us one simple question: how much homework does he give a night?
And would you believe it that 140 out of 160 kids who take his economics course score a five on the AP in May (the maximum score there is). Well, you should, because itâ€™s true.
How can that be? That a teacher who has literally not given us homework in well over a month outscore every other teacher in every other department year after year?
Simple: he cares.
When a teacher really gets into the subject they are teaching -and when I say get into it, I mean get into it, like full out passion and joy for what they do- they tend to draw on their love for the subject they teach to connect it to us. We students, believe it or not, actually like it when our teachers show a visible enjoyment when we move from topic to topic.
And this just doesnâ€™t hold true for economics. Thinking about what my teacher said in the morning, I was able to toy with it in every class. The teachers that drone on and on are the ones with the reputations for not giving their students the best preparation for the AP tests. The teachers that jump up and down when we move from time period to time period, who try to make math as hands on, who know their supply and demand curves inside and out, those are the teachers that kids want. Those are the teachers who build reputations in the student body as having the fun and helpful classes.
Now hereâ€™s the kicker: the teachers who are on fire with what they do, are the ones who donâ€™t bury their students in homework. Dear reader, if you are a student and are reading this, please, please comment if this is not your experience, because it is a universal law in my academic career.
It makes total sense though! The adults who are able to span age gaps simply be enjoying what they do are the ones who get the attention of the drowsy kids in the back of the room. They donâ€™t have to make kids learn it outside of class on their own because they already learned it in class with the teacher.
Now isnâ€™t that a novel concept: no homework and high test scores. A kidâ€™s dream mixed with an educatorâ€™s goal.
It really is possible. The only thing needed is a passionate teacher.
Or is it? Maybe Iâ€™m totally off. Maybe my academic life span has been an exception, and it really is the opposite way. Let me know in the comment section below!