The Invention of Homework 📝

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Morning Students!

Your homework was invented to beat Russia during the cold war…

It's a crazy story.

Let me explain.

So it's like the 1800s.

And there's this dude Johann:

He was this German philosopher and teacher.

THIS GUY is the guy people should be mad at.

Because he started this whole thing.

He introduced actual homework to German students in an attempt to increase German nationalism.

By forcing kids to dedicate time to their country outside of school.

Truly Despicable.

At the same time, this American education guy called Horace Mann goes to visit Germany.

And he sees this genius brainwashing technique by Johann and LOVES It.

You know what? I changed my mind. HE is the guy everyone should blame.

Because he then takes this concept back home to the US…

But, there was a bit of a problem, see.

Because, at the time, the US was in a big d*ck contest with Russia in a little thing called the cold war.

Feeling the heat, American educators figured cramming more of this fancy new homework would make American students smarter.

To outdo the Soviets.

And there is NOTHING colder than pitting a bunch of 9-year-olds against each other to out compete another country.

The US continues with this train of thought, thinking more homework would be the best way to make god damn sure American students didn’t fall behind the Soviets.

So they keep assigning more and more and more homework

Until now, it's literally your entire evening after school.

Stay Cute,
Reece, Henry & Dylan 🌈

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