Sunday 22 January 2017

Common sense on education

Published 08/10/2010 | 05:35

WHAT a fascinating proposition: homework is of no real benefit to the primary school pupil. The arguments put forward by the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN), which represents nine out of 10 primary schools, have a ring of common sense and show a practical insight into modern Irish home life.

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The suggestion is that good teaching in the classroom ought to preclude a homework load which creates stress between children and their parents and reduces the amount of quality time they can share.

The study shows that some parents feel embarrassed and inadequate when they find they are unable to help their child with a problem. Often the homework is set at a level too high for an individual child. What feelings of lonely helplessness must that induce, whereas, in the classroom, an understanding teacher can nurture and reassure a child of limited ability.

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