I hate homework. There; I said it.
Few things cause quite as much disruption and upset in my house as homework. And I'm not convinced it has any real value beyond tormenting parents, anyway.
Now don't get me wrong. I *used* to be the kind of parent who clutched her pearls in dismay when other mums moaned about the horrors of homework and declared that all schools should ditch it. But a few years of spending h-o-u-r-s cajoling my kids into finishing their homework, and I'm totally over it.
Just this evening one of my precious offspring has been 'doing his homework' for the best part of three hours. How much learning can really have taken place during that time? He's been at school all day, he's had little to no chance to do anything physical or fun between the end of school and the start of homework, and now it's not far off bedtime.
Dinner was a brief pause in between homework topics instead of the family together time it ought to be. Factor in the stress caused to the whole household as I repeatedly bark reminders to knuckle down and keep at it until homework is finished, and you'll see why I wouldn't mind if my child's school decided to ditch homework altogether. In fact, I'd throw a party.
And now a school in Essex has decided to do just that.
The Daily Mail reports that the principal of a school in Essex has "claimed that scrapping after-school work" will enable teaching staff to "use the time to plan better lessons".
She said: 'The job of a teacher is impossible. There are not enough hours in the day for a teacher to teach, set homework, mark homework, and plan their lessons. It is a move away from a more traditional approach but we would not do anything which would hinder the progress of our children."
Hoo-flipping-ray. I only wish more schools would follow suit.
That said, I'm a little worried that saving time for teachers is the basis of this latest ban on homework. I think I'd feel happier about it if I could be sure my child's school was motivated by what's in the best interests of its kids rather than what makes life easier for its teachers. Yes, I get that kids benefit in the long run from having less stressed teachers, but this still strikes me as an odd way of going about things.
But what's your view? Is homework a bugbear in your house? And how would you feel if your child's school decided to ditch homework altogether? Leave us a comment below or join the debate over on our Facebook page.
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