Student succeeds at failing to start work on his summer homework

Sep 26, 2019 by

by Tomohiro Osaki –

For elementary school children in Japan, their weeks-long summer vacation isn’t entirely a time for leisure. Instead, it’s overshadowed by a stack of homework that features, among other things, an assignment known as jiyū kenkyū (independent project).

As the name suggests, jiyū kenkyū is an opportunity for pupils to pursue a project they’re interested in. At the same time, however, it has become something of an ever-present headache for students, many of whom would typically spend a large chunk of their already homework-ridden vacation trying to figure out just what project they should undertake.

Mad: A student in Iwate Prefecture earned the wrath of his mother by deliberately failing to keep up with his homework over the summer. 'She was so furious she smashed a plate,' the student wrote in a journal that documented his parents' response. | COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM USER SASABODE
Mad: A student in Iwate Prefecture earned the wrath of his mother by deliberately failing to keep up with his homework over the summer. ‘She was so furious she smashed a plate,’ the student wrote in a journal that documented his parents’ response. | COURTESY OF INSTAGRAM USER SASABODE

This past summer, a 12-year-old student in Iwate Prefecture used this quandary to his advantage, coming up with an audacious plan that conveniently required him not to do any homework at all: to document the reaction of his family as they discover he has failed to keep up with his homework duties throughout the vacation.

A hashtag that translates as “unbelievable independent project” recently went viral after the student’s father shared a few entries of his son’s journal, titled “How my family and myself reacted when all homework was ignored until the very last day,” on Instagram.

Source: Student succeeds at failing to start work on his summer homework | The Japan Times

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