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Canadian Parents Win Legal Battle Against Homework

Hits: 20712 | Rating: (2.4) | Category: News & Politics | Added by: fancylad
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Male, 13-17, Europe
 170 Posts
Wednesday, December 02, 2009 2:52:06 PM
It's okay at my school because although we are technically supposed to do homework, no one cares if you don't do it. I don't remember ever handing in a piece of homework that wasn't coursework or part of an essay or something.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 261 Posts
Thursday, November 26, 2009 12:19:46 AM
i wish the u.s. had the common sense to do this too, theres just too much these days, why cant teachers use their time efficiently to teach us what we need to know instead of us taking the load for their incompetence?

i graduated, dont start with that poo

Female, 13-17, Midwest US
 257 Posts
Saturday, November 21, 2009 4:18:50 PM
those are really cool parents.
"I think a bit of homework is necessary; but not loads and loads from every teacher as well as coursework and revision. There should be a limit to how much you get; not just not having any at all."

I completely agree with you. i feel like pile driving loads of home work is bad.
at my school one of the rules is as follows:
9th grade: 9 hours of homework each night
10th grade: 10 hours of homework each night
11th grade: 11 hours of homework
12th: 12 hours

Male, 18-29, Canada
 171 Posts
Saturday, November 21, 2009 12:02:13 PM
yay alberta!

Female, 13-17, Europe
 741 Posts
Saturday, November 21, 2009 10:23:56 AM
That's a bit silly and not good preparation for later. I think a bit of homework is necessary; but not loads and loads from every teacher as well as coursework and revision. There should be a limit to how much you get; not just not having any at all.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 502 Posts
Saturday, November 21, 2009 6:46:19 AM
Best. Parents. Ever.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 3842 Posts
Saturday, November 21, 2009 5:06:28 AM
omg. you guys are all hatin on my country! i guarantee weirder crap has come out of the states too.

and after reading all your comments, i couldnt help but thinking " i hope to god i spelled "practice" right on my comment yesterday..."

y'know what? i did! and it was like 4am! im not sure whether i should feel proud, or shamed that others in my country are b*tching about homework and making grade 2 spelling errors.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 1004 Posts
Friday, November 20, 2009 10:33:15 PM
I agree that homework is largely unnecessary, but I really don't think that was the right way of going about it. I think the most important part of that was the "at their current school" part. Once they graduate and move on to a new school, they're going to be screwed because they will have no study habits and will be totally unprepared.

Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 371 Posts
Friday, November 20, 2009 1:45:40 PM

Male, 18-29, Europe
 173 Posts
Friday, November 20, 2009 6:08:00 AM
Inevitably the more time you spend working on something, the more you understand it.

Male, 13-17, Asia
 652 Posts
Friday, November 20, 2009 4:52:33 AM
Education up to the secondary level trains for cubical sheep: drones which know how to fill in sheets and write reports over and over and over again

Male, 18-29, Canada
 156 Posts
Friday, November 20, 2009 4:33:15 AM
Interesting how people bring up the Chinese and their study habits. 2/3 of my university classmates are Chinese, thank god. I say this because they actually lower the grade curve. Our last mid-term average was 40%. Sure they do their homework but they memorize material, not understanding it. Needless repetition of assignments does not help. It can actually cause over-confidence especially when the instructor gives an exam that combines theories together, something that homework does not do. The "Chinese system is better" philosophy does not hold water.

Female, 13-17, Western US
 649 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 11:09:02 PM
No homework is bad, too much homework completely misses the point. Homework is supposed to be outside study and practice. My teachers are lazy. They're idea of running a class is to assign me 1-2 hours of homework for each hour I spend in class. Also, i'm supposed to read the book on my own. Take notes on my own. Then, when I get to class they test me and assign more homework. They do no teaching. My "homework" is me teaching myself. Thats when homework is way to out of hand.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 1135 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:51:47 PM
homework is busy work most of the time. but i do admit i helps.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1201 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:50:26 PM
i admit spanish and math homework are very helpful for me and I would be dumb if I never did it. Every other class is just busy work, especially science.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 9 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:44:47 PM
Baalthazaq, that schedule can also be shorter than many high schoolers. I would get up at 5:30 for a religious class and then start school at 7:45 which ran until 3PM. Following which I would have football, basketball or baseball, depending on the season and likely not get home until 8PM. Following which I would have to eat and shower. I also would practice the guitar and the piano and tried to get into bed by midnight. I had an English teacher that believed I should spend 3 hours a day on work from her class, while having five other classes. I did not have enough time in the day to do homework unless you believe that school should be the only thing I did in life.

Male, 18-29, Asia
 4753 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:27:07 PM
No homework is a bad thing, it's not just about academic performance at high school, nor is it even about solely academic performance.

It is about coping with workloads.

However, having said that, children at a young age shouldn't be given too much, and in high school, there should be a cap.

I went to school at 7:30. I remember circumstances of getting home at 5 (6 if you have some sort of school event), and starting my homework which would finish 2 hours later.

Cartoon started at 4 and ended at 6 which I would miss.

This gave me a working day of 12 and a half hours. This gave me a work week of 62.5 hours.

This is 50% more than the average person works. This is stupid.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 9 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 10:10:23 PM
I rarely if ever did homework in grade school and it did not have a negative effect on my test scores. In fact I was frequently top in the class for my exams. I scored a 1290 on the SAT (the old one) and a 32 on the ACT. However, now that I am in college, I am having a difficult time due to very poor study skills.

Male, 18-29, Canada
 352 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:37:20 PM
well, the homework i got from when i was younger wasn't exactly relavent to my course but the purpose of the homework was to prepare me for university. I'm glad i got all that homework or else i would be stressing out with my current education.

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 15860 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:08:15 PM
I have no problem with this. After all, SOMEBODY'S gotta clean the toilets and pick up the garbage.

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 1430 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:39:08 PM
It's a tough decision. To find the line between harassment and discipline is very hard. I know my parents had trouble with my sister with a situation similar to this, where they tried several things and it wasn't easy. Even though someone might think the best solution for someone brought to tears by homework is straight up discipline, tightening the belt and all that, but it doesn't always work out that way. Sometimes serious emotional trauma can develop in the child. It is important to teach the child the true meaning behind ethics, diligence, and hard work at a young age. Of course there is no universal solution for any unruly child, but looking into child psychology reveals an entire world of possible solutions. A person who thinks it's easy to "fix" a child with a problem like this has never tried to help kids with disabilities and in troubled situations. However it appears the children are in no trouble situation here.

Well I digress, my point is, don't make broad deci

Male, 30-39, Western US
 2869 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 8:37:32 PM
a9249, if they don't do the homework just because it doesn't count, then they're going to fail their exams. If they don't fail the exams, they obviously know the material- or they cheated, but a kid who cheats on exams can easily cheat on homework, too. I had a chemistry class in college that worked that way- basically the questions on the exams were either taken directly from the HW, or really similar. So everyone who did the assignments, even though they didn't count themselves, was able to ace the exams. The nice thing was, I could look at certain questions to which I knew the answer immediately and not have to waste my time writing the answer down.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 524 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:45:29 PM
I think that this makes a lot of sense. The majority of homework I can remember from elementary school consisted of shading in maps using different colouring techniques (totally irrelevant from geography itself). My mom also wrote a note to my teacher in grade 4 stating that I was getting way too much homework, thus I wasn't given as much as the rest of my class. The point is... Canadian parents are awesome. :)

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 351 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:20:59 PM
What parent WANTS to see their kid cry. Being a parent is hard, going through life entitled and lazy is even harder. So these parents are saying that they got through law school with no home work? Hmmmm.

BTW LemonTarte, get back to me when you go to college and actually have work to do outside of class to pass the course. I'd like to know how well those AP classess prepared you for that.

Has anyone ever thought that it's not the time spent in school so much as the discipline. We are systematically removing any concept of hard work and sacrifice from the American culture and replacing it with entitlement, immediate gratification and universal fairness.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 53 Posts
Thursday, November 19, 2009 7:01:19 PM
The school system was never "sued", for one. The Canadian education system isn't perfect but it's far more strict and demanding (in terms of the time we spend in school, starting at age 4 and doing full 9--4pm days and having to learn French) when compared to a few others.

In my opinion, the parents are lazy--the end. Besides, this is just an isolated incident.

This isn't even big news in Canada (I haven't seen anything about it on any of the newstations here yet) so I have no idea why it's considered news elsewhere.

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