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Quote of the Day - Home computers are being called upon to perform many new functions, including the consumption of homework formerly eaten by the dog. - Doug Larson
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Don't Want To Learn Your Lessons? File Suit Instead.

Maybe it's hard to imagine with the East Coast swathed in snow, and perhaps even harder to remember back to high school.

But think back to summer vacation. Pause with me a moment here. Remember back to the day you bolted out the school house doors in June, with three months of bliss in front of you, and no Mrs. Howell.

Then, you get a homework assignment. Actually, not one, but three. And, long ones, all in pre-calculus. Instead of three months of no school, a high-schooler in Wisconsin got these three assignments to do over the three-month summer vacation, most likely due one a month. Apparently he didn't want to do the homework, so he filed suit. He and his father thought he should concentrate his time on his summer job as a camp counselor.

I went to law school because I don't do math. I was way over my head in differential equations. That's why I have some sympathy for this kid who filed a homework lawsuit. The judge who heard the case thought there was a reason the people in the state elected school boards.

Why didn't I ever think of a homework lawsuit when I was in school? I could have shut Mrs. Howell down in an instant. It's a good thing my kids are all in graduate school, or after reading this, they'd be bugging me to file one for them.

The suit, as you have already surmised, was dismissed and the judge told the high-schooler to do his homework. Think the high-schooler learned his lesson?

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