Australian schools ditch homework for students in favor of play, reading, and downtime

Australian schools ditch homework for students in favor of play, reading, and downtime

[Ed. – How’s that adage go? Oh, yeah: All play and no work…]

A small but potentially growing number of WA public schools are banning homework for primary students so they can spend more time relaxing, reading and playing.

At least four schools have introduced official “no homework” policies — all they ask of students is to read a little each night, preferably with their parents.

They argue homework is of no benefit to younger children and can even be detrimental because it gets in the way of important family and recreation time, which allows children to recharge their batteries after a busy day of learning at school.

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It could be the start of a quiet revolution, with a number of other schools watching closely before taking the leap themselves.

Bramfield Park Primary School, in the Perth suburb of Maddington, introduced its no homework policy last year, but it came with strings attached.

Principal Jayne Murray said the school wanted children reading or being read to every night, getting out and playing rather than being glued to a screen, and also getting a good night’s sleep.

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