Homework to be a thing of the past in this Swedish City
Hallstahammar city council in central Sweden is considering banning homework starting later this year, citing home conditions as reason for the proposed policy.
City Children and Education Board Chairman Christina Aspenryd said ‘Students shouldn’t have to take home their work and burden their parents with it. When the students come home they should be free to do what they like.’
The ban on homework was first suggested by the Left Party (Vänsterpartiet) which said that schools should be able to teach everything children need to learn during school hours. Aspenryd added that families have different situations at home and that some parents may not be able to help their children with homework.
Although children can still choose to take home schoolwork, these will no longer be a requirement. ‘It’s better that all children get help in the classroom,’ she added.
Such a move, however, would necessitate some changes in how schools are conducted. School hours may be lengthened, for example, to maximise learning.
Education Minister Jan Björklund was not keen on the proposal, saying education was not an issue for city councils to tackle.