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THIS Is The Homework Policy EVERY SCHOOL Should Have!

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.

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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…

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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.”

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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.

https://twitter.com/seb_sullivan/status/1164569012946251776

So no homework AND shorter school days? If I’m ever reincarnated, I hope it’s to Finland…

https://twitter.com/shkhmnshkr/status/1164497521462276097

Leah

Tuesday 20th of August 2019

Tracy Hart: The article did not imply that the letter was from Finland- Finland was mentioned as having made the news recently about shorter school days and no homework.

cindy cagle

Monday 19th of August 2019

my grandmother was a graduate of duke university as well as my grandfather and she became a school teacher and later a professor and she never believed in homework! she was a well educated women and if she didn’t believe in homework then no one should have homework??‍♀️

Robin

Monday 19th of August 2019

I never understood homework, we work all day but want to go home and not think about our jobs, I’m sure the children feel the same way., they want to go home and enjoy their evening with their family. They have six to eight hours a day in school they deserve the break! I really liked the idea of playing out side, cooking with family and learning those life skills are very important to becoming a well rounded adult.

Vicky

Monday 19th of August 2019

This year we changed the homework and made it more about sharing experiences. We asked parents to take their children to the library, bake biscuits, to go swimming, play a board game, go on a mini beast hunt in the garden, visit the dentist, visit the optician. They had 2 weeks for each task to allow for busy weekends. The parents then emailed pictures the kids and parents loved it. Homework was completed by a much higher percentage of people.

Noorizam

Saturday 5th of August 2017

Hi, I was once a principal to a kindergarten. I implemented this at school. In fact, the word homework was changed to "homefun" that's if they have any unfinish work.

I told the teachers that the "homefun" is meant for showing off to the parents what their kids have learnt in school and to show to their parents that " Mum/Dad, I learn this at school and look I can do it on my own".