dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,
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On homework in the Pattersphere......

Now that we're about to be reminded that Mike hates doing homework, let's take a look at how much he and the other children hate it and why. When we look closely at why he, Liz and April howl about the unfairness of it all, trends emerge.
  1. The first of these is, of course, the idea that their teachers are doing it to pick on them because they hate children and want to see them suffer.
  2. We move on from paranoia to a basic shiftlessness; since they've all internalized Elly's pisspoor work ethic, the idea of spending time focusing on something is anathema to them. It's better for them to rage about not wanting to do stuff they don't want to than to actually do it and get it over with.
  3. Allied to this is the perception that working towards a goal is for suckers or freaks like Brian; it would be better for them if there were a pill one could take to be perfect without wasting time earning it.
  4. One must also remember that it's not their fault if things don't get done; it's the fault of John and Elly for not doing it for them so they can vegetate and slack off in front of the box.  
  5. One thing that is John and Elly's fault is that they don't really make a good case for doing well in school owing to their constantly complaining about the horrors of having to do the simplest mental chores.
  6. Finally, we must contend with a hard fact: the Patterson children also inherited Elly's having only one half of an empty brain; simply put, they're too stupid to get the point of what the teacher is trying to tell them. 
Put that all together and you've got the perfect recipe for School Failure Casserole.
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