The Case for Banning Homework So Kids Can Have Lives IG News

IG News Updates,

Homework normalizes the lack of boundaries between work and personal life, and burdens teachers with additional duties and unpaid overtime.

(Image: Jenny / Private Media)
(Image: Jenny / Private Media)

Irish President Michael D Higgins made global headlines last week by calling for a ban on homework, arguing that students would benefit more from spending their after-school time developing friendships and playing.

“This must end at school [and] People should be able to use their time for other creative things,” Higgins told Irish radio station RTÉ. However, Higgins does not have the power to change Ireland’s education policies, and Education Minister Norma Foley has vowed to leave decisions to principals.

As most Australian students return to school this week, it is high time to debate the merits of homework. Should Australia put it in the proverbial dog bowl forever?

Read more about the case for banning homework.

Subscribe to get full access to the website as well as our premium newsletters.

join us

Already a subscriber?