On this first day of school, a Saguenay elementary school's decision to ban homework for a year has been getting teachers in Montreal talking.
The pilot project is designed to improve student performance and ease pressure on parents who say homework in the evening has become increasingly difficult.
Teachers at Westmount Park Elementary School discussing the topic with Andrew Carter Tuesday morning, said homework has its pros and its cons.
“Sometimes homework is necessary for a quick review but I don’t believe in giving a lot of homework, especially on the weekends, I want kids to have time to go outside, so I’m torn,” Jodi Wilson, who teaches grade 6 said.
“The purpose of homework is to own skills that are best owned when practiced at home, so that would be one of the down sides to not having homework, but at the same time you have to let kids be kid. When they get home, they need time to rest, go outside and play,” Ariella Schiff, who teaches grade 5 said
The chairwoman of the EMSB Angela Mancini said they have parents who want more homework and others who want less. She said the decision on how much homework to give needs to be left in the hands of the school and more specifically the teacher.
“I don’t know if we could ever make homework equal, it depends on the subject, what is happening in the class room. Homework is given for a reason and the curriculum now asks us to do more and more projects at home,” she told CJAD.