This issue never seems to go away. I wrote about it a while ago (Should homework be banned?), and it has recently come back into the news again, with the Guardian asking the question Should homework be banned?, after an academy school has scrapped homework on the grounds that it is counterproductive. Here are a few bits from the article:
But the UK’s biggest school, Nottingham East academy, which is due to open in 2009 with 3,570 pupils from nursery age to 19, does not agree. The school has announced it will scrap homework and replace it with an extra lesson and more after-school activities instead. The only situations in which children will have homework will be for exam revision and coursework.
The Association of Teachers and Lecturers wants an all-out ban on homework in primary schools on the grounds it is counterproductive. But the Institute of Education and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference of independent schools argue independent learning is vital to a child’s development.
Is this a good idea – should it just be kept for coursework and exams, does that take away the role of parents in education, or is that okay because many don’t have time for it, or aren’t really interested, will teachers be prepared to run more lessons or after-school clubs? Those are just some of the questions I have on this. What about you?