A Quote By Tom Petty – I Feel Sorry For Kids These Days…

“I feel sorry for kids these days. They get so much homework. Remember the days when we put a belt around our two books and carried them home? Now they’re dragging a suitcase. They have school all day, then homework from six until eleven. There’s no time left to be creative.”- Tom Petty

I feel Sorry for kids of nowadays too.

They leave for school by 6:30 am, dismiss by 4 pm, reach home by 5 pm, nap for 30 minutes, homework for 2 hours. Before they know it, they’re being rushed to go to bed because waking up the next day must be at exactly 4:30 am.

Why do kids spend so much time at school and go home with so much homework?

Nowadays, they have a more complex scheme of work with too many important subject areas to cover. We’re talking about 16 to 17 subjects for a primary class. I compare it to 8 to 9 subjects I had during my own time and have to say its way too much for a child.

With 17 subjects in the hands of the teachers, it means longer time at school, more assignments and more homework. If teachers should dismiss them earlier than required, they won’t be able to cover the scheme of work before the term runs out.

The teachers are also suffering it, they need to spend more time at school than the kids do. They need to come to school before them and go home after them with worry on how to carry each child along the next day.

How do parents feel about this?

Most parents like their kids staying longer at school. This is because the kids are kept away safe until they come back from work. In that case, it becomes a necessity for these parents.

Majority of the parents love their kids to stay busy with study all day and have a home tutor as well waiting for these kids when they come back from school. For them, it’s okay, no taking of chances.😳

Some parents don’t like it. They feel the kids are being exhausted at school and get so tired by the time they come home. These parents want their kids to dismiss by 1:30 to 2 pm every day with little homework. They want a balanced life for these kids – family time, time out with friends, participate in house chores, go to kids gatherings and so on.

Does this extended period of learning make today’s kids any smarter than we were?

Oh Yes!

I don’t know about you. My kids are way too smarter than I was. In fact, they outsmart me even now when it comes to primary academics and sometimes they ask me questions to know if I know what they know and then giggle when I’m not able to give an answer without involving Google. And you know the things I learned in University? They know some too.

What are they lacking that we gained?

During our time, we had enough time to get creative through after-school play with other kids and to explore the community we lived in by visiting our friends often. At home, we had time for chores and through these chores, we learned how to do many things at a very early age. Now, kids hardly have time for anything during school days.

I guess Saturdays and Sundays are enough for unwinding.


What do you think about the time kids spend at school these days and the amount of homework they go home with?

19 thoughts on “A Quote By Tom Petty – I Feel Sorry For Kids These Days…”

    1. Here in Nigeria too, especially the private schools. They don’t dismiss on time and they go home with laden school bags – homework. You need to see their termly projects – alarming research work, way too much for a kid.
      I stayed in Dubai and I think I liked their system. They dismissed by 2:30 pm latest and homework was given thrice a week. My kids loved going to school so much.

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  1. I think the educational system in this part of the world mounts more mental pressures on children than it does to educate them. I’m baffled each time I see a child carry a backpack laden with textbooks and all. There is need for balance though.

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    1. It does everywhere, believe me. There are few exceptions though and mostly found in the rural areas. And any school in a civilised location which fails to dance to the tune of the moment, doesn’t get patronised like the ones doing it. Because parents want their kids to get the best out of school when everyone is at it, even if it means staying at school day and night.


  2. I am not sure about other countries
    But the educational system in the U.S has taken a turn for the worst. Its privatization brings ineffective cookie cutter curriculum and takes away the social piece out of school.
    The leading countries in education don’t assign homework 🤦🏾‍♂️, and kids spend more time socializing and cultivating skills that are specific to them.

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    1. It’s all over the world and as you said the private school system is worse – Where schools compete to break academic records to attract more students and become the best in the world. I think the problem is mostly with the scheme of work/curriculum. These kids have to learn a good number of subjects at an early stage. I wonder sometimes if it’s really necessary to teach those subjects to them now. Why not later when they’re older?
      Thanks a lot for your wonderful comment🙂. I appreciate it.

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    1. You’re so right. I notice my little 7-year old hates school. Sometimes she fains sickness just to skip school😃. Whatever she doesn’t get fun from, she hates doing. Thanks a lot for your comment.💕


      1. I will pray for your child. Let us do what we can to help children to slow down. We can learn so much from them. They are always ” living in the moment”. This is where God lives too.
        I love the proverbs you recently posted. Excellent wisdom.

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    2. You’re so right. I notice my little 7-year old hates school. Sometimes she feigns sickness just to skip school😃. Whatever she doesn’t get fun from, she hates doing. Thanks a lot for your comment.💕


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