Friday 24 March 2017

Homework is a waste of time for kids and parents

Children work all day, then we school them at home, writes Sarah Caden, for fear of the dreaded exam fail

Too busy to play: God forbid that children should be allowed to actually enjoy their childhood when there are exams to pass Photo: Depositphotos
Too busy to play: God forbid that children should be allowed to actually enjoy their childhood when there are exams to pass Photo: Depositphotos

Sarah Caden

When my first daughter was in junior infants, I met another mother who was a homework conscientious objector.

She had older children, so she was longer in the school game than a newbie like me. She had lots of reports to hand on the pointlessness of homework and her children seemed undamaged by the fact that they did no homework beyond some reading assignments.

Still, I did not join her on the sidelines. Instead, I had rows with my then four-year-old like nothing we had ever experienced before. She sobbed under the kitchen table while I coaxed, threatened and eventually cried myself, one as frustrated as the other.

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