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Do you agree with Karl’s views on homework?

Stacey by Stacey
January 31st, 2015

The topic of how much homework kids should get is one hot debate and Karl Stefanovic sure knows how to get tongues wagging. I don’t know many people who don’t have an opinion on homework even if they don’t have kids or their kids aren’t school age. But I ask you this…has the amount of homework for kids gone too far? Are kids being forced to do so much homework, especially in the primary school phase, that they aren’t playing and experiencing other key areas of their life that prepare them for their future.

And what’s more…is the homework being sent home actually something the kids can do on their own with very little help from their parents. Karl Stefanovic tells us what he thinks…what do you think? Is he right?

Here is what Karl had to say…

“As school goes back across Australia, I have something to say about homework. Firstly I don’t believe kids should be doing any homework in primary school. Load them up during school hours but let them be kids. Let them climb walls and sometimes fall off. Build paper planes and break the neighbours windows with half taped tennis balls.

But that’s not my real beef. More importantly stop sending kids home from school with homework they clearly can’t do. The sort of homework that involves constructing a suspension bridge. Using recycled toilet paper. I’m not an engineer and three ply is expensive. Besides I want to play Fifa 15 soccer with my boys and and teach my daughter the finer points of the high beam on the weekends. Quality time. Also I don’t know how to create a computer program. That’s for apple or Google or whatever. And I don’t know how to write a four minute speech in Mandarin. Forget Ni hao, I don’t know how.

So as we start the year i’m reminded of that great pink Floyd song. Hey teacher leave us kids alone. What I’m saying is, hey teacher leave us parents alone.”

Check out the video here:

What do you think? Are we asking too much of our kids with the amount of homework they have to do? Or perhaps we are asking too much of the parents? 

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