Local teachers torn over banning homework

Jodi Wilson and Ariella Schiff speaking to Andrew Carter Tuesday morning during live broadcast at their school

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.

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  1. jonico posted on 09/02/2014 02:21 PM
    Maybe if there weren't so many ped days & storm days & extra long weekends they wouldn't have so much homework & why is school closed during summer for 2 months? Learn during the day, Monday to Friday & kids shouldn't be bogged down with so much homework.
  2. Nancy posted on 09/02/2014 09:49 PM
    There should not be more than 1/2 hour of homework or even none. They spend a whole day working like adults, when they get home they too need to relax. They are kids! I have heard too many parents complain about it. Also don't forget the parents are the ones sitting and checking the homework, where has family time gone!
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