If you live in the United States, there’s a good chance your kids are either back in school already, or going back very soon.
Great news for kids who have been missing their friends, or parents who need a break from a constant barrage of “I’m Bored!” coming from their children’s mouths.
But, with school comes homework – the one thing dreaded by parents and kids alike. But does school HAVE to mean homework?
This past week Reddit user monetclaude uploaded an image that instantly made everyone who saw it jealous…
Seriously, where was this policy when I was in school?
This past summer news came out that Finland rose to the top of the nations for education, and one reason was their homework policy: basically the exact same policy as shown above.
“Teachers in Finland spend fewer hours at school each day and spend less time in classrooms than American teachers. Teachers use the extra time to build curriculums and assess their students. Children spend far more time playing outside, even in the depths of winter. Homework is minimal. Compulsory schooling does not begin until age 7.”(Source)
What they believe is that kids should have a chance to be kids. That they learn from playing as much as they learn from school.
More than that, the school days are shorter, too. Turns out kids (and adults) can only pay attention for a short amount of time…after that, everything is mud.
So no homework AND shorter school days? If I’m ever reincarnated, I hope it’s to Finland…