Swedish School Considers Banning Homework
Summer vacation means no more school but even more appealing to kids, no more homework. The small town of Hallstahammars, Sweden is considering banning homework completely. Leena Millberg, the head of schools in the town says government officials are investigating the proposal.
It has been debated that school children would retain what they learn at a higher rate if they didn’t have homework. At Duke University research has been conducted finding that when math and reading comprehension fell below average the thought was to pile on the homework, but studies show children get overworked and stressed so it may be best to ease up the work.
If the plan in Sweden does go through it will mean a longer school day. The study at Duke did suggest homework can be beneficial if kept simple and short. 10 to 20 minutes a night starting with first and second grades and an increase as students get older.