Swedish City May Ban Homework

Backers say kids should cover all material during school hours
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jun 16, 2014 10:24 AM CDT
Homework may no longer be allowed in one Swedish city.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – For most kids, it's a dream that can never come true—but in one Swedish city, the idea of a ban on homework could become a reality. The Left Party in the city of Hallstahammar says kids should be able to learn everything they need during the school day, the Local reports, and the city council has today launched an "investigation" into the idea. The city's education head says the council will look to see if "it's possible for Hallstahammar to become the first homework-free municipality in Sweden."

The country is generally open to new ideas in education, the Independent notes, but its education minister is opposed to this one. "If this proposal is passed, I will take the initiative to change school laws so that cities will not be able to butt in and affect this kind of pedagogical decision," Jan Björklund says. (Read more Sweden stories.)

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