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.

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Crazy Horse
Jun 18, 2014 9:40 AM CDT
I think the Swedish government doesn't want parents having too much influence over their children's education. I was reading in another source covering this story that one possible reason for not having homework is that children with "intelligent parents" have an unfair advantage over the other students. Home schooling is illegal in Sweden, and children have been removed from families for choosing to home school.
toomanycars
Jun 17, 2014 1:38 AM CDT
This is brilliant and EXACTLY what LAUSD should do for their kids! LAUSD is one of the lowest rated school districts in the U.S. Lots of immigrant children learning English going home with no one to help or no one who CAN help, due to language barriers or uneducated parents. And with X Box and Playstations in all their homes, why do homework when the video games are a lot more fun. If LAUSD required students to finish their homework at school then the stress at home would be gone. The only exception I would give would be for students in high school in AP or honors class. They need traditional homework. And instead of a general diploma give them an Honors diploma. Give them something special for going the extra mile.
K.C.
Jun 16, 2014 8:17 PM CDT
I remember what a horrible struggle homework was for me during the late '50s until I (somehow) graduated high school. I would come right home after school, barely have time to eat dinner, then spend the rest of the evening on homework until bed time. They didn't know about or if they did, didn't care about learning disabilities in those days. The homework certainly did not improve my grades. I always had a low C average. Yes, I understand the discipline aspect of it, but for the life of me, cannot see how it "reinforces teacher lessons" not understood the first place.