Opinion

Thursday 14 December 2017

Sun's out, so let's ditch the homework

The pointlessness of young children getting homework is sharper during warm weather, writes Sarah Caden

Saturday is expected to be a
Saturday is expected to be a "fine evening" with bright, sunny spells. Stock picture

Sarah Caden

During the Easter holidays in April, I told the children that in the following, final term of school, we'd be easing off on the homework. "Is that allowed?" asked the nine-year-old, her voice a vaguely trembling mix of thrilled and terrified.

"I'm allowing it - and if any problem arises, send it to me," I said. I explained to both daughters that the homework would still get done. The basics, anyway. But if it was sunny or there was something good on, or we wanted to go swimming or something, then we weren't dashing home for homework.

That sense of relentless grind was just about bearable in the dark days of winter. On those rare afternoons when they can actually get out and do stuff, however, it's a crime to keep our kids indoors and heads down at home. That's what they've been doing for hours at school. Enough is enough. And anyway, what about the vitamin D deficiency we're always hearing about?

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