A Montreal School Has Just Banned Homework
If only this was a fact when we were young.
It was one of the worst parts of our school life growing up, and many of us carry it with us into our adult years - whether its post-secondary homework or even homework we have from our chosen jobs and careers.
One thing is clear, "homework" is a fact of life that we can not avoid, one way or the other. Though, some think it may be time to remove the "homework" mentality from our younger generations.
A Montreal elementary school has been the latest school to ban homework for their students.
Ecole Elizabeth Ballantyne School is celebrating a new policy that hopes to give kids enough time to do their school work in class, removing the homework mentality from their daily lives.
The school's principal, Michael Brown, thinks that students should not be expected to do more hours of school work at home, after doing so for 6 hours/day in classes. Source.
Brown believes that students should be able to "be at home in their homes", spend time with family and their friends, and just enjoy being a kid.
This isn't the first time an elementary school has made a ban on homework such as this.
Elizabeth Ballantyne joins other schools in Barrie, ON, and Saguenay, QC (to list only a few) that have already banned school work in the home.
Professor Steven Shaw, of McGill University, notes that homework is a major player in the cause of fights between children and parents and that there is not a lot of evidence that anything positive comes from homework.
While not everyone can agree that banning homework is the right choice, it remains up to individual teachers and school board to decide whether to ban homework or not.
I feel that while homework can be important, and can teach the disciplinary skills needed to be a productive person much of our time can be spent teaching our younger generations other tools.
Finding hobbies and areas of interest for kids is far more productive to make well rounded young adults. The millennial generation is known to be one of the laziest groups of kids, ever.
Could it be that the sense of entitlement from "participation trophies" has developed into a disdain for being told what to do on our time?
It's quite possible that if we remove the added expectations, and focus on skills and hobbies - the things that individual children can thrive and enjoy - the next generation may not be as lazy as people claim the millennials to be.
Homework has been banned in numerous cities across North America, and it looks as though Quebec, and Canada as a whole, may not be far behind.