A family in Calgary has won the right for their children not to be assigned daily homework.
I think this is an amazing thing. I actually contemplated not assigning homework myself this year. However, I was told that my board has a policy on homework and that I had to follow the policy by assigning homework and keeping track of who has done it.
I don’t think that teachers should assign homework because of a policy. Homework for homework’s sake misses the point.
The parents in this case really do get the point and I applaud them for it. They make sure that their kids are learning at school and at home. I really like the fact the parents in question actually do work with their children and help them study for tests and further their learning at home.
That is what homework should be about.
Learning does not have to start and end at school.
Parents have a responsibility to teach their children just as much as parents do. Teachers cannot control this by assigning homework. Instead, we should suggest things that our students can work on and I do that every month with a detailed newsletter.
So perhaps it is time that we rewrote those policies that we all seem to be blindly following.
I think we should make sure that the students are accountable for doing their work at school and if they choose to waste their time, they should then be assigned that work to do at home.
And of course, students should study for tests, practise learning their math facts, and read. These things go without saying. And the family in this case seems to agree with me. What else do we need?