Should schools ban homework?
I have read a few posts recently – this is the best one – on the subject of banning homework. I am personally in favour for two reasons:
- I think it switches many kids off school
- Most of the creative project work kids do ends up being at home on their own, and not in a collaborative setting
I also like this point extracted from the parking lot blog:
Homework robs children of the time they need to develop real skills and passions. When I was in school for example, I taught myself music theory and theology during my grade 11 year. I wasn’t taking either of these subjects at school, and I set aside a lot of homework to learn them. I failed several exams at Christmas 1985 because instead of studying, I was writing four part harmony arrangments of Queen songs and reading Martin Buber. Both of those experiences have stayed with me long after I can even remember what classes I took at school that year, and both continue to be useful in my life.
Since I have been working from home and doing restricted hours I have been very conscious of the culture of overwork, and homework is part of that culture extended to our kids. My personal experience is that since I halved my hours I have definitely not halved my output, instead I have prioritized more, been more focused on productivity and made sure I don’t get involved in things that sap my energy or where I struggle to make a significant contribution.