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Andreas Mülhöfer 10 d 1998/99
English Homework
21st November 1998
I, too, was a schoolboy
It's generally believed that office workers like me spend twenty minutes in the bathroom and twenty minutes over breakfast. The first thing that comes to my mind is that my son leaves the house at five to eight and cycles to school. That's hard, then I drive with my car to my office at a quarter to nine. But let me make quite clear from the start that I, too, was a schoolboy. Let's begin with the fact that I make a few telephone calls at my office, smoke, drink coffee, walk around to my college's office and have a talk with him about last night's football ,flirt with his secretary and take an hour or more over businessman's lunch at a pub or a nice restaurant. But my son said that they were all prisoners. Let's examine what that means. He told me that they only had one break about 15 minutes and that they can't get up, can't talk and can't even leave the schoolyard to buy meals for the break.

But it might be argued that they have to sit at long tables and eat nasty fish and chips. Nevertheless I, too, was a schoolboy and had to eat nasty fish and chips. However, they go after 4 o'clock down to the games field for playing cricket or soccer and have fun. But it's important to realize that my son comes home at half past six and still has two hours homework to do while I watch television. We have to admit that schoolboys are working a twelve hour-day at a time when we are talking about the four-day week and seven-hour day with flexitime.

The simple truth is that we always tell the schoolboys that they're only young once. And all homework is important, it is not a waste of time. So all in all I believe that my son is right, but we all were schoolboys.
 
 

by Andreas Mülhöfer
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