The day I wrote about the Milleys, parents from Calgary, Canada, who negotiated a contract with their children’s school allowing their children to opt-out of homework, the national press asked me to put it in touch with the Milleys. Since then, the Canadian newspapers, radio, and TV have reported the story, all of the coverage positive and supportive.
I happened to be in Toronto last week and was thrilled to open the Toronto Globe and Mail to discover an editorial, Peace on the Home Front, supporting the Milleys and suggesting that “school boards could easily curtail homework until Grade 9 without fear of educational harm. Younger students could thus be encouraged to read at home, play sports or music and spend more stress-free time with their family.”
I was also thrilled to read another piece in the Globe and Mail, More Homework Rebels Speak Out, interviewing the people I suggested to the reporter and all of whom are familiar to regular readers of Stop Homework, Frank Bruni (the moving force behind Toronto’s improved homework policy, instituted over a year ago), Amanda Cockshutt (a mother from New Brunswick, Canada, who was instrumental in getting her local school to institute no homework nights and 2 homework free weeks per year), and the Milleys. You can also listen to Frank Bruni on this radio show.
I also caught Jan Olson, the principal of the Barrie, Canada elementary school that doesn’t assign homework on CTV. And, of course, the Calgary newspapers also had lots of coverage, including this piece in the Calgary Herald.
Here again is the Milleys opt-out plan.