An injustice: Failing to Do Your Homework

Class Forums Government 2017-2018- Assignment 4 An injustice: Failing to Do Your Homework

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    • #1326

      An injustice: Failing to Do Your Homework                                                            Elijah Loveland

      Nearly every week you hear another student say “I didn’t do that assignment,” “I didn’t finish in time,” “I forgot,” etc.  Considering that the people who will read this are Mr. Henderson and my class, it is very often me you hear saying that.  Now, if I could pull a lever which guaranteed that finish all my assignments on time and turned them in, I would, but yet something happens between Tuesday and Monday and I end up turning in unfinished work, or even nothing.  If it was as simple as pressing a button, I’d press the button the way a meteorite impact presses the moon, or even the way that atomic bomb pressed Nagasaki.  But the fact still stands; I frequently fail to turn something in.

      So, does the fact that in my ideal world I would excellently complete my homework and turn it in on time justify me?  No; absolutely not.  If the teacher gives me an assignment, I am supposed to do it.  If I’m not succeeding, that’s my problem.  Somewhere along the week I am doing something wrong, and failing to figure out what it is and fix it.  Setting a bad example to my classmates and making a bad habit for myself – a father (a man can dream, can’t he?) can’t sustain a family if he fails in his work the way I do my school.

      I am doing an injustice to my teachers, my class, and myself, and, as is true of all injustices, to God.  I am wronging them, and something must be done to end it.  I must figure out what it is that makes this happen and find a way to end it, or else continue in injustice which could potentially, even likely, ruin the rest of my life.

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    • #1333

      I would like to build on Elijah’s argument. My parents have raised me to be joyful and do my best in everything, despite unforeseen circumstances. I believe that justice in schoolwork has more to do with the student’s attitude than actually accomplishing the said assignments. If a student does not complete an assignment due to laziness and procrastination, then that is unjust and wrong. However, if unexpected events occur in the student’s personal life, disabling them from completing an assignment, it is just and okay for them to receive an extension with permission from parents and the teacher. As students of Mars Hill and children of God, we are asked only to give our best and strive for excellence, not perfection; our attitudes will determine the outcome of our assignments. For example, in Mr. Hughes’s English class, he rewards the hardworking, less-gifted students just as much as the talented writers, due to the checklist we are allowed to turn in with each assignment. If you strive to do your best with a joyful heart, then you will be just in your homework.

      • #1334

        I disagree with his point that every time a student doesn’t turn an assignment it is an injustice. Sometimes there are unforeseen circumstances that cause a student to turn in something late, and those circumstances are not always just someone being lazy.

    • #1342

      I am tweaking Elijah’s assertion. I believe that with anything that God calls us to do, he provides a way to do it. Thus, unless your teacher is unjust, there really is a button that you can push, except that this button may not be easy. I will grant that it may be literally impossible to get all of ones school done, but, as Katy said, that is what extensions are for. If, however, someone regularly fails to finish something and does not even bother to ask for an extension, I would be willing to say that he may not be making the sacrifice necessary to push the difficult button. I’m not saying that if an assignment is hard to assume that you deserve an extension, I am saying to search if the “disconnect between Tuesday and Monday” is not personal fault.

      • #1343

        My point was that the disconnect was my personal fault.  I chose the button thing because I have wished before that I could just press it and surrender myself all at once.  The difference is that the button is an obvious choice and needs pressed only once, while in real life things may not always be that obvious, and instead of pressing a button once that forces you to do it right, you have to make many individual choices throughout and I’m failing to do that.

        As far as extensions go, I do sometimes ask for an extension if it would help.  The thing is that I would be asking for way too many extensions, and it would pile up – most of the time I just have to leave things behind and take on as much of the new week as I can get done.

    • #1355

      I agree with Elijah’s argument. Often times, students (me included) don’t view school the way it should be viewed. Frequently asking, “When I am going to use this in ‘the real world?’” they question what is the point of completing all their homework. It’s true that you probably wouldn’t use all the things you learned in school in your future job, but there is a purpose for every single assignment. It teaches you perseverance. “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us” (Romans 5:3-5). Schoolwork should be seen as more than mental growth. The struggles we face in our studies are growing us spiritually, providing us with hope.

      • #1356

        I would add that what we are learning in this classical education is (if my memory doesn’t fail) referred to as the “Liberal Arts”.  When the middle class arose way back when, they began attending universities where Liberal Arts were taught.  They didn’t go to learn how to live – it didn’t train people to do a job, it gave them a deeper understanding of the universe through math, logic, rhetoric, astronomy, philosophy, music, etc.  This education allows you to serve God better, to appreciate him better, and like you said it also produces character.  There was an article in the Circe magazine a year or so ago which talked about this issue far more effectively than I can, but I think it got thrown away.  If I find it on their website then I’ll post a link for you (or anyone) if you’re interested.

      • #1364

        Alright, this is not the link to the article, but it is related.  Read especially CHRISTIAN EDUCATION, AN ART, and THE SEVEN LIBERAL ARTS.

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