Why you should do homework. And the best way to do it.

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Why should I do homework?

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In some parts of the world there are no schools. Small jungle tribes can educate their children by allowing the children to go with the elders on animal hunts and by showing them which plants to eat, to avoid, or to use as medicines.

As cultures become more complex though, the knowledge that each generation has to pass on becomes more than one person can know. So the community sets up schools to provide special help in many subjects.

Even so, in Western society this huge amount of knowledge is difficult to teach in the small number of hours you attend school. As well, not all the knowledge is available in every classroom all the time.

Extra study makes you extra employable

The idea of homework is not to punish you or to take up all your free time. It is to make you more knowledgeable in many areas and therefore more employable when you leave school. It also improves your thinking so you can deal with more problems in life.

Dangers of skipping homework

The more you skip homework, the less practice your mind gets at dealing with problems. You have more trouble finding knowledge and remembering what you learn.

What does the Bible say?

The Bible says nothing about doing homework. Homework is purely a product of modern complex societies. If you never live in a modern, complex society — for example if you spend your life in remote African jungles — then you don't need all the knowledge you would amass in an American or Australian school.

But if you plan to live in a complex society, you need to do the best you can to learn as much as you can. It will pay off in the years ahead by helping you find the right career and allowing you to work out the best way to continue it.

The Bible has something to say about gaining knowledge and wisdom. The key verse for early schools was Proverbs 1:7:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

This is the key to real knowledge: heeding and giving respect to our great Creator God is necessary to understand truth and knowledge. Those who do not fear, respect, and take notice of what God says are fools, and will have no grounding in wisdom.

Schools in Old Testament times

From ancient times, schools taught reading and writing. Moses gained great knowledge in Egypt (Acts 7:22) and later trained God's people in the law and statutes.

Parents were responsible for their children's education (early homeschooling!) (Genesis 18:19, Deuteronomy 6:7).

Scripture was the textbook, although they knew other books. Teachers taught through constant repetition and clever ways that made memorization easier (such as acrostics, which are lines or verses in which the first letter of each line, for instance, spells out another word, phrase, or the alphabet).

Best way to do homework

The best way to get your homework done is to have the right attitude. Just realize that you have to do it, then get it done as soon as you can. Putting it off doesn't work. You will sometimes run out of time or something will happen to stop you from getting it done on time.

Your goal must not be to have an excuse why you couldn't get it done, but to get it done because every minute you spend on it is improving you in some way. It will either improve your knowledge, improve your thinking skills, or improve your self-discipline. Any one of these will benefit you in life, but if you have all three you will be ahead of many people throughout your life.

If you are having difficulty with your homework, pray about it. God must always come first anyway, and memorizing Proverbs 1:7 should keep you on the right track:

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Just make sure you don't fall into the fools category!

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