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Homework is not worth the effort

As a primary school teacher, I question the importance of giving homework to pupils.

From a teacher's perspective, one spends a lot of time giving the homework, checking that it has been completed and reprimanding students who don't do it or forget to present it.

If, instead, you spent this valuable time teaching a lesson that could differentiate the child's learning style and ability, as Pat Gough, president of the Irish Primary Principal's Network suggested, one would have achieved much more.

This doesn't even take into consideration the time teachers spend, after school, correcting the homework, time that would be far more beneficial if spent planning lessons for the next day.

Yvonne Ruddy
Lucan, Co Dublin

Irish Independent