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Homework Ban? Swedish City Considers Keeping Learning at School

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By    |   Monday, 16 Jun 2014 07:07 PM

City officials in one Swedish city are considering a ban on homework, something that would likely make schoolchildren there very happy.

The city council in Hallstahammar began discussions on the issue this week after one political party suggested that students should do all their learning at school, The Local said.

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“Students shouldn’t have to take home their work and burden their parents with it," Christina Aspenryd, chair of the children and education board, told The Local. “When the students come home they should be free to do what they like."

Aspenryd pointed out that children have different situations at their homes and some have parents who can’t help.

“It’s better that all children get help in the classroom," she told The Local.

A decision was not made about the homework ban, and Aspenryd said that discussions will likely continue in the fall.

The Local quoted Sweden’s Education Minister Jan Bjorklund, who told TT news agency, “If this proposal is passed, I will take initiative to change school laws so that cities will not be able to butt in and affect this kind of pedagogical decision."

Breitbart noted that the city council is considering the homework ban despite studies that show students who do homework perform better in schools.

Many commented on the article, most opposed to the homework ban.

"'We are aware that children have very different situations at home,' Aspenryd explained," one woman wrote, adding, “This is true. Some kids have the Playstation 4 and some have the XBox One.”

Another wrote, “Politicians need to keep their fingers off the classroom.”

A study in 2012 showed at least two hours of homework a night was linked to improved scores in math, English, and science.

“What we're not saying is that everyone should do large amounts, but if we could shift some of those who spend no time or half an hour into [doing] one to two hours – one of the reasons private schools' results are better is that there's more expectation of homework," Pam Sammons, a professor of education at Oxford University, said of the study.

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