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Should homework be banned? New scientific evidence shows that homework causes stress, and can even be bad for the brain.
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[laura mcintyre] - As a teacher I certainly think it should. Parents should use the time to do hands on life skill activities such as cooking, DIY, playing games etc with their kids. Kids would benefit from more conversations with their parents too.
[marie rac] - House work stresses me!! Should we ban that too!
[lauren white] - As a teacher I believe that children need to read...but what they are interested in not the boring stuff found in some home readers...if a child likes to cook...get them reading and researching recipes and so on....otherwise you risk them hating to read. My students are not forced to do homework, however, as the homework is not the conventional sit down homework they all seem to do it. In a matrix Eg: ride your bike or walk fast up your street 3 - 5 times and time each one. Then see if you can work out your average speed. * why is the sky blue? type questions. Kids are fascinated with finding the answers. ..they are having fun while they learn. ..so many more ideas...feel free to ask! Ps: my lower learners have improved their reading skills by at least 13 levels...by Karaoke.
[chelsea downer] - Nope! School should NOT be the only place that children learn!
[bluey zarzoff] - Bloody pathetic people that agree with this, no wonder their kids are brain dead morons.
[lizzi larkin] - Homework for primary aged kids is not about the actual work. It's teaching time management and responsibility. To learn to be independent in the planning of their time and completing a set task. And Mel Scott student free days are not days off for teachers, it's for professional training so teachers can be better at what they do for your kids!
[nat scully] - I'm a school teacher. I personally don't give out homework because at home, I believe kids should be kids :) if my students want homework, I say to them that they know what we are learning at school, they can practise what they choose :)
[tracey richmond] - I hate homework .. I hate setting it , marking it , supervising it , nagging about it ... Hate it hate it hate it
[lauren phillips] - As a teacher and mother (in that order) I don't think homework adds anything to the education of our children.. (For K-6 kids). The kids who need additional help will not get it at home (let's not forget parents are parents and not educators) and those kids who are achieving at or above expected levels will not have their learning extended by writing out spelling words which they could spell at the beginning of the week or writing out times tables. I used to spend HOURS agonizing over homework that I thought was interesting, challenging and exciting... But now realise it really didn't do anything. I am the teacher, and it is my responsibility to teach them at school. If quality learning cannot be achieved in school hours then I am failing and should be sacked!!!!
[robyn tunbridge] - I went to the school and told them I forbid homework when my children have been there for 6 hours. They need to come home and unwind, NOT sit and do more schooling. They let my kids off home work.
[jasna gallegos] - Nothing wrong with revision homework or projects to show what they have learnt from their study topics.
[natasha sky] - school work at school and life skill at home.
[natasha cleland] - Homework causes stress for parents and school children , if the teachers are doing their job in the classroom efficiently, then children dont need homework after school, they should enjoy being children and get outside and play!
[julie smith] - Yay! At last some sense being used!
[nikki monique] - As a high school teacher, my practice always is "if you finish what is set in class then you have no homework!" Unfortunately many students don't see the benefits from working hard in class and so consequently are expected to finish it off at home. I modify work to individual needs and I know I don't set too much so maybe parents can encourage their little ones to work harder at school so they can unwind and relax afterwards, not the other way round!
[véronique attencia jewell] - It's time parents started parenting again and stop whinging! Yes I work full time and yes I help my child with her homework. Use the older kids to help the younger ones, it's good revision for them. One time, everyone sitting at the same table for a few minutes 2 or 3 times a week is usually plenty to complete the little sheets they get given anyway.
Read every night without fail even for five minutes and your child will go ahead in leaps and bounds in knowledge, imagination and self confidence!!!!
[fiona coutts] - hell no it didn't do me any harm
[judith hurrell] - what a load of #@%!!! it teaches our children autonomy.... being responsible for their learning and being accountable for their own commitment to achieving self set goals....
[diana ward] - Please, as a teacher - get rid of it! We work hard in the classroom each day and it is me who has to create it, chase it and correct it.
As a parent, it is often irrelevant or unexplained. Get rid of it!!!!
[natarlia smith] - My son is in kindy and gets homework even on school holidays they expect him to do it. Sorry but I'll be one of those mum's who won't be making my kids do it until they are older. Kindy is way too young to expect them to be doing homework.
[julie hikaiti] - Reading every night would be enough, my girls are year four and if they sat down and did all the weeks homework at once, including reading it would take them at least four hours. Too much. Kids need to have down time and just be kids..
[hannah phylactic] - Kids who don't do their homework (or even read things at home) don't get the best grades at school. It's common sense, the more dedicated you are to learning (or encouraging your child to learn), the better you'll do at school.
[gabrielle flint] - Kids shouldn't leave school at 3pm & then go home, sit down and do more & more & more school work. School life and home life should be separate.
[kayla robson] - Teachers teach 26 kids at once... I don't think a little one-on-one teaching time at home is such a bad thing. If you want to prepare them for the real world, homework is a must. It's only stressful if you make it stressful, time management is a learnt skill.
[terri ryan] - Well how the heck have generations before this one ever survived oh that's right home work. We need to stop wrapping our kids in cotton wool a bit of hard work never hurt anyone
[ange sheehy] - Or prepares kids for the real world gradually. I would like to not take work home but that doesn't happen in the real world. Ban homework and you are setting kids up to fail when they leave the bubble of school.
[sally shepherd bell] - Yes!!! Because there is less & less of family bonding time !!!!.... The work should be done at school, a little each week is fine but every afternoon is not!.....
It's teaching kids to " bring their work home" rather than knowing to separate their home & work lives!!!!
[rinnie nelson] - I have three kids (two in primary school) and I personally think a little bit of homework a week is okay! It allows me as a parent to not only play a small role in my child's learning process but also allows me first hand to see how they are doing in reading, writing and maths...and not just relying on an end-of-term report to see how my kid is doing. Its only 20-30mins extra a day per child after dinner...my kids still have plenty of time to play beforehand! What I DONT agree with is "holiday homework" which I know some schools give...and obviously the amount of h/w should depend on the grade. It shouldnt be overwhelming or stressful. Each to their own but I'm okay with a bit of homework. My kids (they are 6 & 8) actually dont mind it haha ;) but occasionally they aren't in the mood so I've been known to let an evening go homework-free ;)hehe Each to their own!!
[lisa hughes] - i am a working mother of 5 kids. i dont believe in homework, i have never forced my kids to do it because i think kids should be out getting some exercise not sitting on their buts again. i believe that reading is the most important thing so i encourage them to read a few pages every nigjt.
[rinnie nelson] - Someone bought up a good point further up....if you expect/want your kids to go to university one day, they'll be expected to do "study" and "extra learning" outside the lecture hall and classroom then! A bit of extra educational work after school not only reinforces what they learnt earlier that day/week; not only allows parents to play a small role in their child's learning process...but teaches them something they'll HAVE to do later in university life if thats the direction you want your kids to go.
15-20mins per school day for extra learning is actually not that demanding, its all about time management. People spend more time on their phones playing games and Facebooking! I say banning homework completely is not sensible at all.
[annieta egan-morris] - I think they should have Home Work, learn how to do dishes, laundry, grocery shopping, sewing a button, balancing a check book, general verbal conversation and the like. Life skills are not taught in schools any more! Kids are in college and cannot perform basic LIFE skills..... sad
[misel burford] - Scientific research should also state that the new generation is weak and mentally unstable. Also the parents whining about banning home work.. you are to lazy to take a few minutes of your self centered life to actually raise and help your children. I am a 90s kid and english is my second language I managed to do my homework without my parents help every evening. . And I turned out mentally stable and stress free. . What is wrong with people these days?? When a challenge comes into your life.. deal with it..dont diagnose it!!!
[brett anthony manning] - Yes ban it... Get teachers to actually teach more in class rather than just set assignments
[grant goff] - What a bunch of idiots.Who are these people that come up with these stats.Oh yeah thats right people that couldnt handle homework or study.If anything homework makes you smarter you idiots.
[charmaine van heel] - Gosh, at some point in life your going to have to deal with stress.
Then scientific studies will say that we should ban work because it causes stress.
I think that it's better to learn how to cope with stress as a child then we know how to manage it when we grow up and have responsibilities.
[patricia manassero] - OMG what is this world coming to we grew up with homework and don't recall it ever stressed me out maybe it's the parents that stress out and not the kids.
[manuela batge] - all the people who agree with this STUPID idea - maybe this headline will put things into perspective for you. "Australian children's education dropping further against world standards " I think they should ban daily P.E. and all this 'wellbeing' crap and give our kids the education they deserve. Teach them how to read, write and spell properly, and calculate with their brains NOT a machine!
[shannon ellison] - Next thing they will have scientific evidence that work is stressful and life is stressful and we live such stressful lives we should just sit at home and live of government benefits and not pay tax cause its to stressful. Wake up Australia. We as a country were not built being a bunch of sooks.
[isabelle vallin-thorpe] - Come to think of it, life is stressful too, lets ban life.
[janine porter] - @sara Adams
You must live in a fantasy world!
I don't think ANYBODY really WANTS to work! Mums work to help pay for the mortgage school fees and bills!
And that's coming from a non materialistic person!
Don't forget the working mums are paying taxes for some mums to stay at home with centre link benefits! So be careful wat u say
[paul smith] - I feel it is unfair that whilst we are being encouraged to work, some children don't get home until close to dinner time. As a single parent, I collect my son from after school care, and get home close to 6pm, cook dinner, with my chd's bedtime soon after. Where is his "child time" or "play time". Schools are for educating, I have enough things to do as a single parent than sit and help with homework as well. Happy to encourage reading and the like, but there is too much expectation placed on young children these days.
[kayci ostwald kirk] - Lazy parents don't like homework. Teachers are no responsible for your child's entire education!
[maria cranny] - I abhor homework. Kid's should do what they need to at school during the day. Home time is for family and the kids to get out and play and enjoy life. I don't like it and would love for it to be banned. Not because it's stressful but because kids should have time to be kids.
[tyrone clough] - Yes!! It's not like 6-7 hours of school isn't enough a day for 13 years in a row. Take it from me as a student who is just about to sit his HSC!! It should be at least cut right down because it is way to stressful. And to those old people on here saying "no I copped fine " believe me, you don't know what school is like these days and the pressure you are put under to perform!!!
[kelly dark] - Fully support NO homework. So the kids come home with work, the parents come home with work, where's our family time?
[karen wrigley] - Unbelievable!!! It's no wonder kids have so many stresses in their lives! We don't want them to work too hard or to do anything that stresses them too much... They get too tired from a hard day at school! They need to realise that real life isn't easy or nice or fun! You have to work hard, you don't get time to play all the time and people aren't always nice! How are they supposed to cope in the real world when we encourage them to be soft! I survived school and Uni by working hard and doing all of my homework, handing it in on time or suffering the consequences! It's no wonder there are so many people who can't cope with everyday life...... You have to wonder what the future holds for all the precious little darlings who aren't taught about the real world!!!
[patty mccracken] - Absolutely. At least in primary school. I banned it myself and let the teachers know I will not ruin our precious family time trying to fight my tired little kids to 'do their homework'. We played together and laughed and loved instead. Both are successful 20 + year olds now in great jobs.
[kerri mcwaters] - Ban homework. Try doing homework with 4 kids. One about to go to high school and I am studying a bachelor degree in health science. It is not a healthy environment. If they want to do it then fine but they shouldn't be punished for not doing it because its not always their fault it doesn't get done. Most parents don't have enough time in each day as it is.
[lorelle schafer maddern] - We need the kids of today to TOUGHEN UP I have six Married kids all did Homework and Exams and all have jobs and are hard working well adjusted Adults
[emma wansbrough] - Hilarious! as adults we work 8- 10 hours a day. I've been doing 8-10 hours of school and homework since I was a kid. It instills good work ethic. And if you don't teach your kids to study, work hard and stress a little, you're just setting them up for failure.
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[narelle krake] - Can we take into account parents who work realistic hours, have their kids in before and after school care, get them home around 5.30pm if they're lucky and still need to feed and bath them. By the time 7pm rolls around you're barely lucky to have unpacked their school bag let alone do homework. Its not that I don't support homework, I do, its just that today's current economic climate doesn't support time for parents to supervise homework. Of course kids feel stressed but don't forget the parents feel guilty. Homework is suited to families that have a parent that is able to pick up their child directly after school, take them home for a snack them proceed with an hour of homework, this is not the majority of parents.
[jenna bloomfield] - I think kids are at school long enough, I think homework should only be for those who haven't completed their work during school hours. Children need to be children and teens need freedom for part time jobs, after school sports etc
[kiara appleby] - The homework that young primary school kids are given is vital for their development and reading. Their homework SHOULD include, letters, sight words and a book. it is essential that these young children can get the best start in life.
[sarah mitchell] - Prep to grade four should not have additional homework apart from reading and basic maths. Grade 5 and 6 students should have some form of homework to prepare them for secondary school. Secondary school should have homework, to prepare them for university. Homework encourages responsibility, organisation, time management and setting priorities..
[ben thompson] - If kids don't learn "stress" at school, they're gonna be messed up slackos in the workplace!
[carly habib] - I think it's more about engaging the parents with their child's learning - education isn't just up to teachers / schools and it can help identify any gaps or issues your child is having and get them addressed quicker when parents get involved. I have 2 of school age and definitely don't find it a chore to spend half an hour with each of them going over what they have learnt, practising some reading / writing / maths - I think it's an important part of their learning process
[alana taylor] - Ban it in early primary school my child is in grade 1 & his home work is excessive
[brayden murphy] - Homework shouldn't be banned. It's helping the kids prepare for life, I'm 16 and just starting year 12, it's holidays and I'm already studying and writing down notes, of course it's stressful when you don't time manage but if you do, you are still able to enjoy simple things. I went to a party last night, I'm still able to play games, exercise etc. I remember doing homework in primary school but I'm not complaining, in fact it's helped me get into the right state of mind TO study. Unfortunately many kids in my year still need to learn to time manage and they're generally the ones that hate and under appreciate school.
[tegan vivienne trupkovič] - As I sit up doing my University work, I fail to see how school work ever did me any harm. Uni is far harder than school, they going to ban uni work too and just hand my degree to me? I don't think so! We go to school to learn. Kids rarely listen to anything in school, homework is to make sure that they are listening & learning. If they know they have no homework, they're going to care less!
[tracey stanbury] - No use expecting them to study when they get to the HSC if they aren't in a nightly routine of doing homework. Too little too late, they need to be in a routine of nightly study of some sort. Muscle up, it didn't kill us!
[matt thistlethwaite] - People whining about homework stress yet overseas people die for an education. I'm sure they would do homework. School is designed to give your child the best possible outcome in life. Teachers and parents need to collaborate to achieve this. So instead of complaining how time consuming it is and blah blah blah, remember this is to give your child the life they deserve. If that means doing some homework than so be it.
[lisa king] - Definitely get rid of it! It causes nothing but stress, arguments and tears. I'd much prefer to spend some quality time with my kids rather than forcing them to do homework.
[isabelle vallin-thorpe] - SUNRISE GROw A BRAIN AND STOP PROMOTING PROGRESSIVE MEDIOCRITY THANKS!!!
[elizabeth mattacott] - Angela Fabio I have taught at 4 schools over ten years and do not know teachers who do that. You'd be surprised at how committed most teachers are, staying to tutor kids for free after school most days instead of being at their own homes with their families. Teachers also do homework too, on top of extra time spent helping kids.
[fiona martin] - I think some of you need to take a good hard look at what you are writing....
More should be taught at school?? Come and walk a day in a teacher's day and let us know how to fit more learning in.
Maybe if some parents sat down with their kids and discussed the days events and homework requirements, just maybe we'd have less cyberbullying and family issues!
[melinda johnston] - Which idiot professional's have said this crap? The ones who dont want your children to advance only theirs? My child loves school and doesn't mind doing homework.
[thea prescott] - For people who don't agree, maybe you need to turn it around and ask yourself would you like to bring home paperwork from work every night and waist your weekend away doing more paperwork from work? Wouldn't you like some free time.
[chris mctighe] - NO HOMEWORK. I don't know so much about the stress side of it, but I believe kids should get enough work during the school day without having to take more work home and have to do another couple hours of schooling. Yes a bit of revision, but not the amount they get nowadays.
[kylie sue] - I think if they need to give work that cant be completed in school time, perhaps make school go to 4pm and have study/homework session under teacher supervision.
[lisa simpson] - It doesn't hurt them doing a little homework at night imagine if they didn't have any homework in primary school then they get to high school and are given heaps that would be harder for them to cope with
[samantha prior] - There are generations of people who are not cowering in the corner because they had to endure homework in their school days. STOP coddling kids- the more we as a society do it the more we're creating a generation that is ill-equpped to lead us in the future.
[kerri willmott] - methods at school have changed since i went to school, i hate homework, not only does it cause stress for the kids, it causes mums and dads grief too, i didnt study to be a teacher......
[david fogwill] - Yes. As long as kids are reading each night. Homework is a pain for parents, students and teachers.
[melanie cross] - yes ban it at least in primary school
[helene marais] - As a high school teacher: if they dont go and apply concepts learned in class and work through examples, how will they ever be ready for tests and exams?
[cindy ragh] - I think the homework issue is mainly the homework of primary school students.We don't allow our children time to be kids today everything is structured ,they need playtime of an afternoon with friends like we all used to do ,building climbing etc etc,it's our own fault we have structured activities of an afternoon tutoring etc etc,when the best learning in young years is by discovering and interacting.....
[brenda harrison] - If we continue to wrap out children in cotton wool they will be a useless society of adults. Toughen up, homework should be done it will prepare them for highschool and university if they are brave enough to go.
[judy west] - My parents did not allow me to do homework, I did not ask my children to do homework,, they chose whether they wanted to do it or not and they turned out just fine, both owning their own businesses.
[julie thompson] - My husband is a principal, I am a parent and also work at a school. I can see the benefit homework has on children. You can tell the kids who get the support at home. The teachers and parents need to work together to help the children. You can't just throw your arms up in the air and say the teachers should be doing their job better. To make a child a whole person, that is a good person takes a community to pitch in and help not just a teacher or school. Seriously I'm so tired of people having a go at teachers/schools, perhaps you should try their job for a week see how you go. Not an easy job.
[kay douglas] - I'm quite incredulous at some of the replies I have read to this question. Seriously? No homework? You do realise WHY homework is set, yes? It's so that teachers can see if the children they are teaching have actually learned the lesson they were being taught. It's all well and good doing the work in a classroom with the teacher on hand to answer every little problem the child may have but it's not until that child has to do it alone, so please Mum/Dad or whoever do not do your child's homework for them, that understanding can be established. By all means help them but do not do it for them. Homework causes stress only if it is dealt with in a stressful way. If a child is provided with a quiet and calm area in which to do some work how can that be stressful? Further up the education system, and I do mean Years 10 and above, if homework is not given the syllabus will not be covered unless the school day is considerably lengthened. Life is stressful and we are in danger of breeding a generation who cannot cope with anything that life might throw at them. We already have 7 year olds who answer back teachers, who sit and listen to what is expected of them and then immediately please themselves. I seriously fear for the future of our world with these spoiled Princes and Princesses in charge of it. Homework teaches discipline which is something too many parents have abdicated responsibility for. It teaches that sometimes you have to do things you don't want to before you can have what you want. Good luck with your offspring those who think it's too much bother and hard work to safeguard their futures.
[lynette dewstow] - Homework should be reading & revision of what they learnt that day.
[kristin hateley] - As adults we are told not to bring our work home with us to help reduce our stress. Why should it be any different for our kids.
[kerry tomaras] - I have never forced my children to do homework, if they choose to do homework then thats their choice, I have written notes as too why their homework has not been completed. Both my boys have great jobs and are happy members of our society, and my daughter is doing well enough to pass her school year, so i don't feel homework is important, let our children be children
[caroline collins] - Assignments are ridiculous that's what should be done in class and maybe finished off in class. Half the marks are assignments and tests. Bloody ridiculous. If my child is not keeping up its the teachers fault for not teaching. I have a 20 year age gap from my oldest to my youngest and I have found that there's way more pressure now to complete assignments that haven't even been looked at in class. I expect a little homework and research but the assignments end up a competition of which patent can do best. Bloody ridiculous
[liz doherty] - I don't believe in homework because they should be able to learn what they need at school and when they come home that is there own personal time
[carley melbourne] - As a teacher I feel that homework is unnecessary and takes away from the precious time children need to play and be a part of their families. The only homework I agree with is the logical consequence of refusing to work in class. As a mum I will refuse primary school homework for my children until year 5 and 6 and even then will restrict the amount to bare necessity to prepare for high school.
[erin johnston] - My children don't do " home work"
They have all day at school to do "work " ! Home is there time , I don't bring my work home with me !
We read every night together we use math in cooking and we count train tracks etc they still learn what they need to learn while having fun family time , there is no need for them to bring work home from school
[serge popovich] - Ask Japanese kids or show us stats comparing levels of knowledge with our kids
[sheridon den ridder] - I have 4 kids. It gives us the chance to see what the kids are doing and notice if they are struggling. I do agree that they shouldn't be spending 3 hours every night that leaves no family or down time and the amount differs for age but shouldn't take more than half an hr.
[rebecca deuble] - no way homework is an important part of learning.. kids need this to practice what they have learnt. yes it is hard work and can cause stress but thats a part of life and thats an important lesson for kids to learn early on!!
[monika klinger] - The whole homework drama just adds extra stress to our whole household! Give the kids a break!
Let them relax and rest their brain after school. They can read a book of their choice at home for a hour or so and do some activities that they enjoy and a few practical chores around the house are also good for them. All this study study study is just not for everyone!
[rebecca anne byron] - Bullcrap... I did homework played netball after school played weekend sport and had a mum only who worked till 5.30 :/ Why does this generation need to be any different.. We all did homework and I'm glad I had it and wish I did more... My youngest does homework and is high in her class for reading and spelling and teaches the eldest a few things here and there but the eldest refuses and is not doing well at all... It's a revision for the day and also teaches them they need to learn, responsibility and organisation.. Kids these days have way to much "oh poor us" homework will always be done in my house, or some sort of revision...
Too much talk of "parents stress" hey parents, it's not about u !!! And yes I'm pretty busy with life kids work etc but my kids learning is more important..
[pandy du preez] - Bring out the bubble wrap! And then people can't understand why the kids grow up undisciplined, irresponsible and lazy!
[fiona wilson] - I am in grade 12, and I got more homework in grade 8 than what I did last year this year combined. If I ever get homework, I never understand it anyway as my parents can´t help me with it because they were taught differently. To be honest, homework is just a waste of time and it has never helped me in the past in anyway.
[richard taylor] - By the time kids get home and have a snack it's about 4:00 minimum, then what if a couple of teachers all give an hours worth?? When do kids exercise, play outside and just generally be kids??
[debbie kay davey] - I am a working mum and barely have time for housework let alone homework for every one to stress over. I fully believe in Reading at home. .quiet and relaxing time to wind down after a big day at school
[sue-ellen robbins] - the only home work a child should have is reading a book
[shannon melgaard] - Primary school children should not get the amount of homework they do. Im in year 11 and, even though I hate it, understand it's value, but children shouldn't get it. Let them be kids and worry bout that amount of work load in high school.
[amanda brown] - A lot of people commenting aren't in the position of students today and have no idea how much the work load has actually increased. If they're going to ban it, they should ban it for grade 12 atleast. I bring home assignments almost every week with homework on the side when I have major projects to be working on at the same time. In the past few months of preparing for the HSC I've had almost no time for myself and I'd like to be able to enjoy the time I have left as a kid without having a larger workload than the adults in my life.
[kerryl tobin] - I don't agree with homework assigned over school holidays! My daughter in yr7 was given homework these hols... And she's not going to be doing it! Holidays are just that! They need the break as well! And she's had times where she's completed the homework given, stressing herself because she wants to hand it in done well, and the teacher doesn't want to see it! Why bother? The stress isn't worth it... End of rant.
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[janine porter] - YES if the kids can't learn wat they need to in school hours then there is something wrong! Kids need to remain kids for as long as they can! Fun play and family time is equally important as learning!
[kellie innes] - My sons in year 1 - I think for him reading should be enough.
[wayde richardson] - Bottom line... If teachers DO their job, and parents DO their jobs... Homework is unnecessary. It taught me nothing.
[sharon rickett] - Ban it, all work should be done in classes. Some kids have sport or paid work after school, even jobs to do with family.
[vicki selby- garnon] - Do the kids do their homework or do their parents do their homework
[jahna liston] - It causes stress for us parents too!! My preppy just wants to come home and play and hang out with her sister...not sit at a table and have me cranky because she won't do it...Iam all for the ban!!! Let's kids come home and be kids!!!!!
[lisa foley] - Ban homework I pay enough for school fees I am not a teacher !
[jessica van dyk] - Do kids not get enough education during the day? I say yes.
[andrea bramwell] - Nope!!!!! To many lazy parents out there to help there children along
[christine holmes] - Yes! Why do revision at home? We spend 6 hours doing work at school! It also separates us students from spending time with our family.
[leanne warman] - They really don't do that much bloody school work these days
Home work didn't kill us kids when we was at school
It was worse back then, than what it is now
[olivia rowe] - Im starting a new page
"I got smacked on the bum, had to do homework and get a job at 13....I survived"
[justin stenzel] - seriously? what excuses r they gonna make next? kids shouldnt play outside cause over exercise is bad for thier heart? we all did our homework as a kid n nvr make a big fuss out of it... geez losing more hope in the human race each day, pretty soon all we r gonna have is whiny little princess/princes who nvr had to work hard for anything over running our country lol
[susan mccloskey] - It's taken them all these years to figure this out. Gee they are so smart.
[melissa hodge] - Causes stress for my kids when I tell them to do it and it causes stress for me when they need help
[sarah blunden] - If teachers weren't having to deal with such undisciplined disruptive students these days that had some respect for their teachers, there would probably be no need for homework as the entire time at school would be for teaching and learning. My kids say their teachers spend most of their time with the ferral kids while they patiently wait for learning to continue. .. then they have to complete the task at home because things are not completed.....just saying
[belinda no bsl butcher] - Ridiculous a bit of homework helps them learn, it's a joint initiative between school and home, if there's no balance they won't learn
[michelle shepperd] - I've been saying this for years. I refused to make my children do homework.
[stacey heusmann] - What is wrong with kids these day..all so psychologically weakened by stupidity in society making everything so easy for them these days. I finished yr 12 in 2004 and just accepted my homework load, shut up did it and learnt along the way. Some assignments I really enjoyed. And how the hell does banning homework help those who go on to further education when they get swamped with 3 assignments due at a time plus other homework that takes 20hrs a wk on avg (for my nursing diploma ive begun)..they simply wont cope and we'll have a population of over anxious..bums! Or kids with no aspirations and accept being a Maccas kid forever..sad they will be caring for me oneday thats for sure.
[carmen mckenzie] - Children work hard all day and a lot is expected of them these days. Time to play and interact socially with their family and friends ( not playing video games) is limited. Time after school should be spent running around, pursuing artistic or athletic endeavours or simply learning to interact with other people. No wonder we have a society of over anxious, obese youth. So many children attend tutoring and have mountains of homework all because some adults have a skewed view of what success means. A project and simple revision for understanding is ok but sitting down to conversations over a dinner table would be better!
[kayla robson] - Wow, there's so much teacher bashing in these comments "if teachers did their jobs properly"...the question is about HOMEwork not school work!! There's so many parents not doing their job properly! School is just one setting in which children can learn. Try to spend time on your children, not money & their lives will be much richer for it! Don't forget that teachers have to mark the work x26 times. And they are not marking it in the classroom, it is generally their homework!!
[mandy hughes-keen] - Yes, it should be.. My son is about to go into High school next year and I've been warned that there will be a lot of homework, we live in a rural environment and he will have an hour or so travel to/from school if I don't drive him. It stresses him out big time and us as well. Revision yes, if a test is coming up but not hours and hours every week... I would rather him be out on the property learning hands on stuff than cooped up inside!
[fiona woods] - I am a teacher of year 1&2 students. I set minimal homework including tasks such as kicking a ball/playing outside or helping with a family chore. Yet I STILL get complaints that it's not enough! Little kids get so tired after a day at school and then parents battle to get homework finished that is sometimes not even relevant to what's happening in class (from my own experience as a mum...). I agree with relevant homework in older primary grades to help instill study habits before high school, but I think less is best in infants.
[victoria johnston] - Some homework is completely fine. But, if its overloaded onto a child/teenager everyday I believe it does course stress. They generally get confused of which day to hand back in their homework, if they are given to much. I know I get stressed and confused.
[naomi hartigan fleming] - It's the homework headbutt. Let kids be kids. Yes they should read at home and engage in learning. (Like helping read a recipe and measure things etc) But photo copied paper the teacher never looks at is unnecessary.
[lynda walsh] - My daughters school have a great system where they have homework for 4 weeks. If the students had their homework in on time they get the following week off. She is in grade 2. All the kids love the week off and it's a bit of a reward for them for doing the work.
[libby della-maddalena] - In school holidays YES it should the kids are on holidays for a reason........During the week it is good for them to refresh BUT homework in school holidays i DON"T agree......just my opinion..
[nadine kyle-doolan] - Absolutely ban it. I think it's bad enough kids go to school Monday to Friday 8.30 to 3pm with some kids having to leave home at 7am and not getting home until 4pm! Give them some time to be with family, enjoy hobbies and interests, relax a little
[annie brown] - Yes my kids get so stressed with HW. Just give them reading and a little spelling. To many assignments let kids play after school and a bit of down time
[sage harvey] - As a busy working step-parent of two children, 10 & 12, and Mum to a 5mth old, life is extremely hectic with afternoons full of football training for son, library visits for daughter, visiting family and friends, family time, and teaching children- gardening, cooking, household chores etc. Where am I meant to fit in homework? I always tell me children homework is the least of all our priorities, my children learn more life skills from our daily activities then they do from homework.
[debbie lee bridle] - We ( my daughter ) just don't do it , I have a 10 year old all she does is read a chapter in her choice of book before bed , and to practice her writing she has a diary to write her feelings in when she is happy , sad or angry I actually write a letter at the start of each school year saying not to send any home as it will not be done
[loz n ray] - Homework should just be a knowledge check of the day's learnings.
[angela ghedini] - Kids time would be better spent interacting with their parents in conversation and having family time. Put away computer and tv games and get rid of homework. If they can't do school work in school time then too bad. Our kids are becoming morons that sit in front of tv screens playing games and with headphones in their ears and don't even know how to communicate properly. Let parents spend the after school time with their kids, getting back to communicating. I know when my kids used to get bogged down with 3 hours of homework every night they were that exhausted by the end of it, they did not feel like talking much and were off to bed. Also the stress of trying to have projects finished on time and being unable to participate in sports training because of homework being due on the same night was a nightmare. My kids are adults now, but I think the situation has progressively got worse, with even more homework these days. A lot of kids no longer have a relationship with their parents anymore. Sad situation.
[jamie milson] - If teachers taught everything the kids needed to know during class time, there would be no need for homework. Also it would help if they actually checked the homework they gave. Many a time I didn't do it because it was never seen by the teacher, how did I know if it was right or not? I wasn't going to waste my time if they weren't going to take some of theirs to even look at it.
[karen stewart] - Tell me parents , when you come home from work , do you like to do more work??? Didn't think so!! I hate that we have to fit it in, with four kids its too much structure but reading is important and chatting at dinner about what they learnt should be enough. We have spelling bees and times tables competitions to have fun and if they are struggling at school then it's good to revise this way. Make it fun. We always seem to be rushed with homework and if my children know the work they get bored with it!! Let them have fun , they have enough structure and rules at school. I hated homework and its a stressor in so many families!!
[carmen den ridder] - it never hurt me ,when iwas growing up ... time management thats it takes
[catherine smart] - For all those who are saying it is basically revision of the days work...news for you...it isn't. Homework in our day was the basics spelling and math. The countries that are doing better than us academically actually don't give homework.
[kim brown] - Homework in my eyes teaches kids to work independently and assignment need to be done by child they learn to be responsible 20 -30 mins after school teaches them to plan out there time also reading 10 - 20 before bed isn't much time out from there play time great skills to have for yr 12 or uni or just life in general
[cassandra headley] - Part of the problem is parents, some kids have so many after school activities that homework sufffers. Homework is important
[lisa johnston] - Homework is meant to encourage students to develop a good independent work ethic. Unfortunately in the younger years, all it does is cause stress for the parents because they're the ones having to remind kids to do their homework.
[tim galpin] - School work should be done at school not at home
[julie inkster] - yes, it stresses me all the time and yet I'm not the one at school...lol
[leighann gardiner] - Starting kids with home work from kindy disgusts me! , ( except for the home reader books) for teens I think there's too many subjects handing out homework in one big hit & theyre also studying on top of HW for exams
[susanne burton] - Come to think about it maybe we should ban after school sport and activities it has to be to stressful for them having to train and then play in their competition as well as the pressure they get from their parents to perform and do well at their sport
[isabelle vallin-thorpe] - Work in general causes stress, work should be banned!
[helen brand] - I think kids get 2 much Homework. Myb not as much that's a lot of hrs of school work kids have 2 do. A lot of kids do sports after school makes it hard.
[jodie gamble] - Kayci I don't find myself lazy at all, I work full time with 5 children, I pretty much run a house hold on my own as my husband works away, maybe you have too much time on your hands, I don't expect overly that much from my kids teachers BUT when I pay private school fees I expect a little more than what the public system offer!!!!! But I find it overrated and sometimes frustrating when I have 5 kids to help with home work and all different ages and years
[sue baohm] - Yes it should. Make the school day 9-5 instead
[allison helgesen] - That is just stupidity.
Maybe take the social networking off your kids and get them to focus more on there schooling.
Hows this, a friend purchased some items from target, it came to $17.50, she gave the teenager $20.50.
The teenager had absolutely no idea what was going on. No clue at all.
He said "you have given me too much", imagine how confused he would be if she gave $22.50???,
The kids these days need a huge wake up call. Could you imagine how dumb this generation will be if you stop homework?
[josh squire] - Please...I just finished school last year and this is ridiculous. we've all been through school and had to deal with homework and assignments, yes we may have complained about it but we still had to get it done. Maybe
If kids stopped playing their games for an hour they would get all of their homework done.
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[tyler 'fester' hayes] - I'm in year 11, and homework is really good for me. It allows me to understand what I'm doing more, and it also means the teachers can teach the actual subject instead of spending half of the class time simply on work sheets and questions. Even though I have quite a bit of homework, it comes down to time management. You always can find time to yourself.
So, coming from a student that does 4 pre-tertiaries, it shouldn't be banned!!
[sharon townshend] - Of course it causes stress, both to child and parents. ..
[karinne fitzgerald] - It brings on anxiety and unneeded conflict within the home. If there isnt enough stress within raising a family. Besides teachers are paid to teach and all this exercising they need to do instead of classes is ridiculous . Make sporting activities cheaper and leave the exercising for after school activities.
[kristine cotter] - I think it causes the parents more stress than the child.
[dave drage] - Well we send them to school teaching them to take work home then spend the next 40 years counseling them not to take work home family is more important!!
[kim strong] - Why don't you just stop schooling altogether? It is bad emotionally as you get bullied; it is bad physically as the seating is bad for the posture; it is bad for your eyes as reading can cause eye strain; it is bad ..... Where will you stop?
Grow up you .............
[ashley west] - Homework is necessary for HSC level studies if you wish to do well - imagine if they had never had homework until then? Setting up for failure.
[tommii cosgrove] - tsk tsk
sunrise, where on earth do I idiots come up with the crap
scientific evidence ??
you mean like the now discredited global warming alarmist scientists one of whom is a self proclaimed expert on all things scientific
and jee whiz, look at the feminists and left looney socialists calling for it to be banned - now there's a big surprise - NOT
wow, first they ruin achievement and excellence by dumbing down the nation thru social engineering, thought control and political correctness making all students equal to the worst of the bunch - no more winners thank u - that's bad for the poor kids who can't learn
they Gen Y kids are clearly the worst bunch ever
thanks a bunch - watch it fall apart
personal responsibility should continue at home - education doesn't stop at the school gate - it's bad enough that lazy teachers are paid equal to busy and smart ones - but now ur selling us the line that the kids will be more socially adjusted if they don't have to study - now that you have pretty much screwed them already
yep, one look at the current Gen Y and I'd say you are gonna make an terrible situation much much worse
great - education 2020, pushing out idiots since 2013
[suzi campbell] - For goodness sake....yes - let's all *molly-coddle* our kids!
Homework shouldn't be banned...what a joke!
And to any parent who thinks their child is too special/gifted/should be able to do the work at school - etc etc - and shouldn't be doing homework... I sincerely hope your child will be able to develop good social skills and a backbone when they are adults. Because if you are constantly *hovering* over them via school saying they shouldn't be doing this - that or other things...they have little hope in hell of finding their way in the *real* world..
[john brandt] - Wait until these poor stressed fragile little darlings get into the workforce. There's an old saying: "If you think your teachers and parents were hard on you, wait until you have a BOSS..."
[aidan templeton] - Kids never had a problem with homework until now. Get them off the video games and Facebook, and doing their school work. They're only stressed out because they aren't devoting enough time.
Besides, schools struggle enough as it is to teach the curriculum. Unless you want school to finish at 6 o clock everyday you're going to have to put up with doing your work at home. Seriously, 2 hours is all it takes a day. You've got all night to do what you want.
[grace j muirhead] - the amount of homework is the question!!! not having it!!! Look at the Asian countries how far superior are to our kids they will out smart us in the long run
[aleisha laing] - As a uni student I look back at my primary and high-schooling and see that the homework set over those periods of time was very beneficial. Yes, it causes stress but stress is not always a bad thing.
We face stress as adults on a daily basis; in the workplace, paying your bills, maintaining relationships with friends and family, etc. How are children expected to grow up and be able to deal with these things without a little bit of stress when they are young? Homework teaches children the ability to effectively time manage, and also prepares them for their life in the future.
Also the idea of the Gonski Review is to give schools more funding and give kids a better education, to in turn, prepare them for tertiary education, therefore giving Australia an increase in skilled labour. If the idea of homework is abolished, then how are the children of today going to be able to cope with the studyloads involved with tertiary education in the future?
University is a full-time job, you generally have 12 contact hours per week and then must put in a further 36 hours of private study, better known as HOMEWORK. You can't expect to be able to handle hours of study on end, if you haven't got the foundations for it.
[nicole cornfoot] - 6 hours at school to get education and go home in the afternoon and do homework until late midnight is crazy! I'm in year 12 now and i have been stressing out all this year because I have to work pretty much every couple days after school and also on the weekends, I don't have time to complete homework. If it's been banned in the future then it's good because we will get more less stress in high school years.
[leisa fleming] - Yes.. They spend 7 hours a day in school brain straining.. Home is for resting
[adam hotene] - homework has been around for years and it will be around for many more
[angela bollmeyer] - Homework is ridiculous.
[karen smith] - They should go outside and play or do a sport. Not sit back down with there head in the books when they get home. So yes!
[amy stewart] - Yes it should be banned. Children spend 5 days a week at school, leave the work for the class.
[joanne webster] - Yes. Did the evidence show that the stress was coming from the parents
[rebecca hassam] - oh dear lordy yes please!!!
[kevin bundy stevens] - Never did me any harm in my day. What next!!!!! :-(
[ann julie farrington] - I dont think there should be homework in primary school
[rob andrews] - If my students ever did any of their assigned homework, I'd agree.
[stephanie m. fletcher] - Seriously, no one ever died from
Homework. Only these modern day lazy kids who font have enough time on their iPads get stressed. Put homework on a tablet and that will solve their problem.
[candace potter] - Homework is not just about the learning of the content. It is to teach the kids about time management, responsibility and the fact that, sometimes in life, things have to be submitted and to a standard. Keeping in mind we could be talking about students from ages 5 to 18; obviously, homework should be proportionate to their age and level. As a teacher, I do believe it's the teachers responsibility to make the work relevant and manageable for the students to they can achieve a feeling of satisfaction, competence, self worth and independence.
[samantha laver] - My god. Whats next?!
Causes stress...what a load of crock. So does univeristy and work. Prepare our children for things to come in life and appropriate ways of dealing with these issues. As for the 'its the teachers job'. Well it may be their job, but we are parents and im pretty sure teacher falls under our role too. Not just to teach them academics & sports, but correct ways of life, guving them the best opportunity to be armed with ways of dealing with situations in life eg stress, bullying etc.
[josephine comb] - I think homework should be banned but study encouraged. :)
[cheryl franklin] - Yes it should be banned, because parents don't have the time to sit down with children for 2 or 3 hours a night helping children with homework. Why isn't the school day longer, then the last hour of school could be revision of the days work or an hour devoted to reading. If the teachers did their job, then there would be no need for homework. If the parents did their job, they would make sure that their children were well behaved for the teachers to teach them. 9-4 school hours would be perfect.
[daphne brooks] - I think homework shouldn't be given to children in K-6 they need time to relax and play like kids should be. I think also that school should teach more life skills to kids, things that will help them later in life like how to cook real food, how to sew, how to grow a veggie garden, how to budget effectively, how to be tolerant and considerate of others and some manners lol. a little respect for authority wouldn't go astray either. But maybe there would be more respect for teachers if the kids were learning something good and not just doing busy work.
[skye crystal maric] - As if they dont get off with enough already now no homework either, why not just make school somewhere to hang out and do nothing for the day, learning hurts their brain gotta get rid of school .... What a joke!
[jenny franklin-gilmore] - Should have been banned 50 yrs ago.
[nicole arthur] - Funny how slowly we r getting an epidemic of overweight children!!! Sitting all day at school the sitting for hours doing homework!!! I agree let kids have a break at home so they can go and kick a ball around or swim or climb trees!!! In other words let them be more active and let their growing minds have a break!!
[jackie duncan] - Totallay agree with Lauren White get them into things that interest them ....after all we are all individuals......I never liked school & hated studying of things I had no interest in, however when I left school & started studying at Tafe on a subject I was so interested in ...I blitz through the year of study & enjoyed it !!!!
[sally bithell harrison] - Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. When are children allowed to have downtime?
[rhonda williams] - I hate Homework! It causes Heaps of Stress in Our House! 70% of the time my Son has not been taught or does not understand the Concepts involved to complete the Work! He then Gets terribly upset that He is going to get in trouble for not completing it! I have had to go in & Speak to the Teacher a few times because he has been so Worried about it!
[allison krychaluk] - My son always gets frustrated and upset taking like 2 hours to write 15 words. He is in year 2 but still needs more work on his fine motor skills. I hate seeing him so upset and crying.
[ash davidson] - Come on people.. We've all had to do homework as kids ourselves.. It never killed us... Your only as intelligent as you strive to be!
[julia sweetser] - They dont take anything in after a full day of school. Leave homework as unfinished work only. Instead of parents homework!!
[ange bonner] - Over the past 23 years of teaching I have not seen a lot of evidence of the benefits of homework for primary school aged students. It does cause some kids and parents a lot of stress which is quite harmful to the motivation of that child to learn. I do expect my students to read every night and in my opinion this is the most effective task that can be done as home learning. Many of the homework tasks that have been done over the years have been excellent parent efforts!! As a parent myself i am guilty of doing this as well, just to reduce the stress and anxiety.
[jody beven] - Typical parents, not taking responsibility for their children's education. I am a parent of a 5yo (starting kinder next year) and a primary school teacher and homework IS essential to do ( my child will be doing it), reinforces what was learnt at school through the week. It gives parents the opportunity to see where their child is up to and what they need to work on. Teachers have up to 30 students in their class, teaching over 6 KLA's and do the best they can with the individual needs of each child, but there is nothing better then parents working one-on-one with their own child. I have seen and use homework sheets that give students real-life opportunities to learn, eg reading newspaper, recipes (reading). helping with the shopping budget (money- maths) explaining chores down around the house (writing) also simple reading, writing and mathematical problems to reinforce basic skills. Parents should be proud and want to help their child to succeed and not leave everything up to teachers who not only teach a large group of students but have their own life to live as well.. The world would work so much better if ALL parents took responsibility for their children, no matter what the context.
[jess zuvela] - Homework filters the A's from the C's and the doctors from the cleaners. It would be ridiculous to ban homework, it's vital in preparing for tertiary educations and determining the futures of children and adolescent
[chris wynn] - I have never agreed with homework - school is for school - home is for family. Homework causes more stress that any benefits the kids get from it!
[pam sheedy-spinks] - My eldest child is 36 and I even then said HOMEWORK was not needed.6 hours a day for a child is enough.
[cassandra mary kiely] - Ban it, we do enough work at school, the last thing we want is it do work at home...
[mikey freedom] - Hahahaha, I shouldn't laugh, but as a teacher it is hard to get kids complete homework at all? It seems the pressure to do so is in the junior years of primary school, which falls off dramatically in high school. Naplan & standardise testing will perhaps increase these concerns & see a greater number of students fail into the future. Why? Because not students learn by the same means, though standardise testing ignores this by trying to make monkeys swim & fish climb trees. But homework has its values too.
[jasmin bennett] - Yes but just keep a small amount of reading and spelling words and simple math... I'm dislexsic but I'm trying my hardest to be better so that my son will have a better chances off me knowing how to help him...
[sherrii richardson] - Can't be true have you seen how smart those Asian kids are
[adam stewart harris] - Hell no, do we really want our kids to grow up having no idea it takes hard work, and commitment to get ahead in life
[kay dempsey] - Kids don't have time for homework or parents don't have time to help . But the kids can do at lest 2-3 sports or dancing . Let's get our priories right . Educations of our kids is sliding down hill so fast most don't get parents doing any homework or NO reading with them . As much as we all hate homework that is getting our children ready for high school and uni
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[sasha cjrs edwards] - What I think is that in PS the amount of work my kids are sent home with is way too much and instead of cutting it out all together just reduce the amount that is sent home and same with high school, what they expect a teen to do in a week is a joke, I help my kids with their works but I see that it actually stresses them out the amount they have to put up with, so REDUCE
[mandy simmons] - My son is in a private school in yr 8 and the homework is just crazy...sometimes he's up till 2am still completing stuff. I don't think the teachers realize what the other teachers give out for homework for each subject so they end up with a mountain of it. And EVERY weekend there is homework! Where is their social life???
[rebecca anderson] - OMG. Reading some of these comments has me gobsmacked! We as parents, need to take responsibility for our children and not leave it up to the teachers, to teach our children everything! My god! I for one am proud to say I helped my children learn to read, or helped them understand.
[vivian lea] - We did our homework after school. It took us anywhere from 5 minutes to 10/20 minutes to do with/without the help of our parents but we still managed to have dinner, watch a movie ( if we were allowed), brush our teeth and go to bed ALL within a select timeframe and WITHOUT being stressed. I'm happy to help my son out with his homework and reading (5 minutes worth all together) if it means he is learning a little bit more than he did the day before. We still get to spend time together (bonding) and he still gets to muck around and do kid things after his homework.
[gail pye] - Get over it! Homework was ok for us in 60, 70s. Never hurt us !
[kirsty shore] - My son's school does not have homework as the principal believes that children are busy enough with sports training, after school care, swimming lessons etc. My son has readers for the week and that is all. If children want to learn, they will. Homework is not important. Engaging your children with learning and to have them enjoying school will ensure they do well regardless.
[nechelle deeble] - Yes! Ban it! Let kids have down time & enjoy being kids ~ some of life's greatest lessons are better taught in living instead of studying :)
[tamara vanantwerpen] - Oh get a grip - kids need to understand that stress is part of a motivated and achieving life - nothing comes from nothing but plenty comes from drive and determination to succeed!
[kristie olive] - Where would any of us be without having done our homework??? Didn't hurt us...suck it up! Is it the kids or their parents complaining??? Parents are becoming very lazy!!! And I am a working parent!
[jeanette perry] - Shaun when you have to do a 1000 word essay for science, complete pages 123 through 150 for maths & provide a personal project within 2 nights is beyond ridiculous. Homework should be revision ONLY or an opportunity to finish something they didn't get done in class. Piling on extra work is taking homework to far!!!!!
[molly veronica ormonde] - Oh fml - kids today need to suck it up!
[ellie n ha] - Oh suck it up and toughen up. I would rather teach my daughter to handle stress from the beginning rather than see her grow up ill equipped for the real workforce.
[kylie bassingthwaighte] - Kids need homework... It's the amount that has become the problem.
[felicity proud] - Children spend their whole childhood preparing to be an adult example home work school, how about we give our children a little time just to be children.
[sara drew] - As a teacher, I hate homework but it is not without benefits. Homework teaches children to prioritise and organise their lives, sets them up for high school and tertiary studies, creates a bond between home and school and let's parents in on a fraction of what is being done at school. In saying that, I do believe there must be a better way.
[tracy robinson] - i always done my homework when i was in school and it NEVER helped with my grades so now i see my son struggling and think that when kids get home from school they should be allowed to be kids and leave school at school.
[amanda jane wilson] - I don't think homework should be banned but I do think what they bring home should already have been covered in class. There has been several occasions where I have had to do the teachers job because the homework set hasn't been touched on in class.
[sandralee dusine vedel jackson] - Wow cannot get over the parents that write to the school at the start of the year stating not to bother sending there kids home with homework really??? To me that sends the wrong message, so basically when your child comes home with a bad report card you should ok with it because your the one that taught not to better themselves by completing their homework, not a good example, you have to work hard to get where you want these days, and life is stressful in general
[jess phillips] - It never hurt us !!!!!! Omg theses kids today r to bloody spoilt !!!! U can't do thus n that n if u do thus u might hurt there feeling omg they need to learn to get over it !!!!!!!!!
[nicole best] - Yep. Being on my own, I have a hard enough time remember stuff I have to do and when I was studying, I was doing my own work and trying to find time to help the kids also. By the end of the day I was brain fried. And I bet its the same for single working parents.
[virginia coles] - Yes, ban it, should be happy family time
[peterina ngamoki] - Homework we never bought home durning primary, until high school. Gosh kids should be kids till then I have awesome happy memories of my primary years. Too stressful now for our poor kids.
[angela harrison] - Life is stress. Let's ban life.
[taz fisher] - Ohh for heaven sake don't stress the kids, it might damage them for the real world 8-|
[denise hatch] - I would love school to go for a extra hour and then have no homework would save a bit of money in child care fees as 99% of parents work now not like the old days when Mum was at home ready to help with homework.
[susan walton] - I would say yes to the ban only If teachers actually taught crap at school instead of just reading from books. Home work teaches u to prioritise, stratagieze and work things out on your own, just like in the real world. If kids where smart like I was, they would do it at lunch like I did, then they would have all the free time in the world after school.
[kelly rinaldi-bull] - It causes stress in our house big time x
[leanne mayer] - Got to cook tea, kids need a shower....oh come on, it's not hard to cook tea, listen to the kids read or sing times tables or ask them to spell words. It's not rocket science!!!
[sandra donohoe] - I think homework should b ban I have 4 kids 2 in high school an some off the work load they bring home is just stupid I think school is the place for learning the teachers are the ones that are up to date with all of it and us as parents we should b teaching them life lessons prepare them for the big bad world homework is not preparing them for life it's just an added stress they don't need.
[katrina sim] - yes it should be banned - it causes nothing but arguments in my house.
[wendy thomas] - With many children in Australia having both parents working full time jobs then Yes homework should be kept to a minimal. The evenings should be family time.
[trudi szczecinski] - If they don't deal with a little bit of stress while at school then how are they going to cope when it comes to work and uni and tafe. Stop wrapping you kids in cotton wool.
[janine porter] - @tommii cosgrove
Firstly I could hardly understand what you were saying! But be very careful have a stab at Gen Y!
I am a Gen Y, did poorly at school because no teachers bothered to teach me basics but I got through Uni with HDs and graduated as a critical care nurse! Saving lives daily!
So if Gen Y are completely the worst bunch ever! Then be careful not to get sick! Coz clearly I'm an idiot according to you!
[craig upton] - Just ban going to work as well!
[mary lange] - We are raising children with NO resilance and a unhealthy reliance on parents to do everything for them. Go on and play be a child -I'll do everything for you. Part of being a child is learning about responsibility & accountability and all those other stepping stones to becoming an adult. We aren't helping them at all! Homework is part of that... It's more than the content of the work; It's forming/developing a work ethic.
This attitude goes beyond homework.Consider what sort of generation We are raising... Will they cope as adults if they faced harsh difficulties?
Don't be fooled by popular opinion.
[mark johnson] - Hahaha - work should be banned... It causes stress!
[mellissa redgrove] - Homework is set by teachers to enhance the child's education via the parents. I believe this is dependant on a child's life outside the school system. Not all parents are the same. That is why some
Children miss out. At the end of the day it is about the family and what parents want for their children.
[justin nio] - Have a teaspoon of cement and Harden the **** up!
[dawn keech] - Parents need to support their children with their academic studies. It is not all up to teachers. Parents can give the one on one time that the kids need. Parents are also proud of what they help their kids learn, at least they should be.
[rachel miles] - Kids in primary school with the amount of homework they get have no time what so ever really to be kids and do the stuff that we (parents) got to do when we were younger, I have 2 kids in primary school and the homework is bull**** specially when they are not even learning it in class
[lisa wright] - Great points Jodi Ready I agree with them all we are actually mandated to do homework most parents complain about doing the work and how stressful it is it is meant to be completed as an extension of work completed in class and not meant to be something that takes ages! We have to mark the work which in my case is 23 times and I do it in my own time!
[christy moore] - Kids should get Spelling & Reading, not hours of useless assignments my children get.
[linda grant] - What is the world coming to. I grew up doing homework and I turned out just fine. We are supposed to be preparing our children for the real world ...arn't we?
[emma barrett] - Absolutely.. but agree they should read
[belinda wall] - Definitely causes stress for our 9 year old....
[ryan james hatcher] - Wow and now I wonder where Australia`s future is going? Isn't life about learning? If kids can't keep up in primary school how the hell are they going to survive high school. Great we need more dole bludgers!
[erica henry] - if people think home work causes stress what does all the sporting activities cause.
[tabitha sharman] - Yes!! With 4 kids I find it hard to give them one on one time just for home work!! And they fight me when I ask them to do it. I HATE HOME WORK!!
[chelsea duffy] - I believe that it should be banned. As a student, I have other things to deal with after school like work and physical activity instead of having to complete numerous assignments. My maths teacher expects us to complete a whole exercise in one night without explaining to my class what to do.