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    Quote Originally Posted by Into It View Post
    Homework may or may not help. Listening to professors probably helps you earn a high grade in a class. Please never forget though, that these are both mere smokescreens, and you create your education yourself, on a day to day basis, in whatever subjects you choose, on your own terms.
    This is what I wish we could all do. While school is useful, why can't we just learn the basics (after all, that's all you to remember when school is finished) and then learn what interests us?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyGeek View Post
    This is what I wish we could all do. While school is useful, why can't we just learn the basics (after all, that's all you to remember when school is finished) and then learn what interests us?
    But that's all they teach you in elementary and high school... the bare basics.

    Even in 1st, 2nd year in college they're foundation courses. And at that point you have some freedom to choose already.
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    Well, I guess it really depends on how you define the "basics."

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    I think the usefulness of homework depends on the assignment. I think a lot of math especially needs to be practiced, as well as foreign languages. Even the mundane, seemingly pointless homework assignments can contribute to learning discipline if nothing else.

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    An ISTJ would say that.


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    In elementary school, I agree that it's pretty much useless. The only reason they do it is to 'get you ready for middle school' when you have 'homg so much homework'.

    There are certain things that make sense to practice, Fiver, yeah, but there's nothing that I hate more than busy work. I mean, why do we need to do so many fucking crossword puzzles? Why are we graded on such useless things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    In elementary school, I agree that it's pretty much useless. The only reason they do it is to 'get you ready for middle school' when you have 'homg so much homework'.

    There are certain things that make sense to practice, Fiver, yeah, but there's nothing that I hate more than busy work. I mean, why do we need to do so many fucking crossword puzzles? Why are we graded on such useless things?
    Like I said, to some extent the usefulness depends on the particular assignment. But having to get something done right and on time, no matter how dull or unstimulating, generates discipline. You have to take what is in education, not just the subject material, and try to make it apply to other aspects of life.
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    Math homework helps.

    That's about it I've found. Everything else has been borderline useless.
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    I will say that doing math homework and foreign language homework helps. Everything else is useless for me.

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    Hm, I dunno. Homework helps until high school. Once you get there it's a matter of effort. You either will do it or you won't. And if you won't, it drags down your grade a ton. Which is annoying, and leads to BSing it at the very last minute.

    Unfortunately, this leaks into every subject, including math, so math grades get shot in the face doubly so because their homework actually helps. The more subjects I get homework in, the less likely I'll do any of it until five minutes before class.
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