Some Canadian School Eliminate Homework

I’ve written many times about places in Canada where homework has been eliminated. This month’s Today’s Parent, published in Toronto, Canada, has an article titled, “The End of Homework?”, which looks at a school in Barrie, Ontario, which eliminated homework this year. The article concludes:

But a year after [Barrie’s] Prince of Wales eliminated most forms of homework, students’ marks have improved by an average of three percent, [principal] Olson says. Is this due to less homework? Hard to say. But he points out that the new policy has forced teachers to cover more of the curriculum more effectively during class time. Students are more focused on classwork now, and reports of students not sleeping because of homework have disappeared, said Olson. “One family told me it’s the first time their daughter is involved in competitive sports because, previously, she never had time.”.

Read the article here. (And a big thanks to Amanda Cockshutt for sending me the article.)

4 Comments on “Some Canadian School Eliminate Homework”

  1. PsychMom says:

    Great article. Maybe our society will start pushing back from its harshness towards children in general if this trend continues. It’s time adults reclaim adulthood, and take more responsibility for protecting children and their childhoods.

    We need to parent and protect, not prepare our young children. The preparation role is more for the teen years. We aren’t doing our kids any favours by rushing them through ages 0 to 12. Let’s enjoy them and value them for what they are…not forecast and fret about what they will become.

    April 21st, 2009 at 10:06 am
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  2. may says:

    why you want to stop homework so he kids just play and play with this new game ” ds or wii” and at after school you ask the kids what you want to be you want him to say what customer service or a cleaner or nothing
    if i don’t start from the begining with my kids he will be one of those how dosn’t have any futurehomework are so important

    October 2nd, 2009 at 10:31 am
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  3. World’s Strangest | The Case Against Homework says:

    […] homework altogether — even through high school. Even some educators have come on board, like several schools in Canada that have eliminated homework before grade […]

    November 22nd, 2010 at 11:25 am
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  4. Anonymous says:

    i think it to for my kids

    March 24th, 2011 at 7:49 pm
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