The principal purpose of school is not to impart knowledge, but to teach a child to love knowledge, Rabbi Shmuley says. Using this standard as a measurement, he says today's schools are failing because children are not intellectually curious. One of the reasons Rabbi Shmuley feels this way is because children are overburdened with homework. "Intellectual curiosity should not always feel like a burden," he says. "It should be a joy to learn, know and discover new things."
Rabbi Shmuley suggests that too much homework could have the following negative effects on children:
"The principal purpose of school is not to impart knowledge but to teach a child to love knowledge. his way, well after they leave school, they will continue learning and, in effect, become lifelong students."
Published on August 20, 2008