My eight-year-old son "hates" school. He seems to lack any enthusiasm for school. He is unorganized and doesn't take responsibility for completing work, bringing assignments home, etc., unless I constantly remind him.
I have had to levy consequences in order to get him get him to take responsibility for these things.
Is this normal behavior at his age and if not HELP!
"Hating" school is normal behavior at any age, for any number of understandable reasons. I would ask you first to assess whether this lack of enthusiasm and responsibility for school is a new attitude and set of behaviors or a more dramatic portrayal of something that's already been present for a while. Could there be something(s) going on in or out of school that could be causing these feelings and behaviors? His relationship with his teacher(s), problems socially, major disappointments or family problems that might be causing him unconsciously to get you to pay more attention to him (even though it's "negative attention"), feeling inadequate in school (he's having a tough time learning things) or in other arenas of his life(sports)? These are the types of questions I would begin asking yourself and finding the time to ask him, in the most supportive, empathetic, non-judgmental way possible.
My guess is that your present consequences are really punishments. The natural and logical consequences of not attending to your schoolwork are things like not learning the material, getting behind in your work, poor grades, being held back in your grade. There's always a fine line between helping your child become more responsible in life for problems he should "own" and rescuing him from those responsibilities because he and you know that you can't stand to see the outcome of his irresponsibility. You have to decide how to navigate that delicate balance and how to teach him the important life lessons inherent in situations such as this. Good luck.