Why was homework brutal as a kid? Not because I didn’t love to learn - but because I thought there were other things that were more important. My friends, my family, sports… ect.
Homework and school were not the priority. Peers who did make school the priority seemed reluctantly motivated by external forces. They saw school as the primary form of emotional, financial and social advancement.
I valued learning, creativity and hard work. Yet, the things I learned and how I learned them always troubled me. A popular suggestion for repairing school is to invert classes and homework.
Meaning - listen to your lectures at home. Bring your work to a collaborative growth space at school. I think, even this relatively straightforward adjustment would make a huge difference.