The education system is so backwards that I'm suprised 90% of our nation doesn't work in factories. That is what they teach us to do. Homework is a system setup to teach us how to do the same menial tasks day after day and less complaining as we get more used to doing it. YAY, ROBOT CHILDREN. When I was in grade school, all homework was was work that I didn't get done at school, and it was due the next day, so I did it at home. When I got to high school, it was more of that. Sure, there were assignments that were made to be homework, but sometimes that was because they couldn't be completed in class, and almost always because there's never enough time with 45 minute periods. Not everyone can absorb information and knowledge straight from the teacher's mouth. In fact, most can't. I sure couldn't. But I got straight As through most of school because I did ALL the work. Now the kid is treated like ass all year because of some comment.. Or worse still if the teacher thinks you are going to be a dumb student.... it's easily shown that you become one. Now that truely is a sad situation. In addition, what do kids/teens learn about money? What do they learn about investing, or buying a house? What do they learn about mortgages, banks, how to do your taxes, interest rates? What do they learn about relationships, marriage, having children, rasing them properly? What do they learn about retirement and Estate Planning, Death Taxes, probate taxes? DO THEY EVEN LEARN HOW TO BALANCE THEIR CHECKBOOK!?? Almost EVERYTHING you listed was taught in the last semester of my Senior year. You know (but not everyone else) that I went to a private Christian boarding academy. One class on the curriculum at my school which you won't find at a public school is Bible. Now, for 7 semesters, it's simply Bible history and lessons, and so forth. But the 8th semester should really be called Life, where we learned about stuff like marriage (filled out marriage questionaires), buying a house, buying a car, buying furniture, you name it. I know some won't agree with me, but I too am VERY oppinionated about this. NOTHING is better for a child than a private Christian school. Even if you're not part of the faith, or even if you have no faith at all, the grade of faculty and teaching CANNOT be beat. Everything for both sides of the political bird: Advanced classes abound, as well as artistic classes. The teachers are on par with college teachers. Obviously, not everyone can afford it, but those that can should highly consider it. If we want to make ourselves better, we have to look at what we consume. Not just food and beverages, but what we feed our minds as well. Kids no nothing of spirituality, because they're taught dogma. Yet, they can remain innocent for a while... I think we should reform the system is all. AMEN brotha!