Homework! Oh, Homework!
I hate you! You stink!
I wish I could wash you away in the sink,
if only a bomb
would explode you to bits.

Homework! Oh, homework!
You’re giving me fits.
I’d rather take baths
with a man-eating shark,
or wrestle a lion
alone in the dark,
eat spinach and liver,
pet ten porcupines,
than tackle the homework,
my teacher assigns.

Homework! Oh, homework!
you’re last on my list,
I simply can’t see
why you even exist,
if you just disappeared
it would tickle me pink.

Homework! Oh, homework!
I hate you! You stink!

Jack Prelutsky

I use to love that poem! We all think homework is a gigantic pain. Can’t our teacher see that we have a life? Can’t they see that we like to go out with our friends and laze around on the weekends? What good does homework do? Sometimes, I would rather stare at a blank wall for half an hour than pick up my pen and do my homework.

But what makes us despise homework, really? Is it that it’s hard? Is it that we don’t understand? Or is it merely because the facts of science and the rules of grammar just don’t interest us?

Homework piles up when you start secondary school. That’s seriously bad timing because that’s when we’re entering teenage-hood. Our emotions are flying all over the place, our parents are getting more and more wary of our actions, we have to help around the house, we have to behave correctly, we have so many things we have to do! On top of that, homework comes tumbling down on us like a pile of heavy bricks.

Being a teenager is about finding yourself, about learning to be autonomous. I often think that homework has no greater use than to annoy me and stop my social life.

Well, that’s not always true. Just think about it, homework has its good sides. Without it, I wouldn’t have learned to organise my time, to be disciplined and understand, however horrid it is, that I have to do things I don’t always want to. When I get stroppy doing homework, it takes me forever but when I accept it I just seem to get it done quicker.

We will always have homework in our lives. When you get a job, even if you’re your own boss, you’ll probably still have to do things you don’t want to and you will still need to be organised.

Yes! Homework is boring but it helps prepare us for the future. As my mum would say, just shut up and get on with it.

Poppy Nguyen Eastwood is a Grade 9 student at Lycée Français International Marguerite Duras