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Amos: Too much homework?

In Uncategorized on 20/06/2015 at 10:35 am

Made him go whacko?

Taz what I tot when I read this BBC extract

The head of the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies’ College suggests in an interview with the Times that homework could be banned to save pupils from depression.

The paper says the school will set its pupils’ wellbeing on a par with their academic grades and give them more of a say in the day-to-day running of lessons and extracurricular activities.

From September, pupils will attend weekly meditation classes and be given twice as long to walk between lessons. Teachers are also being trained to spot the signs of depression and anxiety.

A total of 92% of GCSE grades were A* or A last year at the 162-year-old school.

Principal Eve Jardine-Young tells the Times: “We will have to look at how we are doing things. Will we even be doing prep?

“What we’ve been reflecting on a lot in the last few years are the big national trends and international trends in the worsening states of adolescent mental health.

“We’ve created this epidemic of anxiety for ourselves as a society, and if our obligation as educators is to try to the best of our ability to set young people up as best we can for whatever the future may hold, then to ignore this whole area or to trivialise it is really irresponsible.”

Although heads of other leading independent schools are quoted as disagreeing with Ms Jardine-Young, the Times praises her for her approach.

“Fresh thinking is needed and is what Ms Jardine-Young seems to have in mind: less formal homework but not less learning, which might be accomplished in clubs or online instead of hunched over text books,” it says.

“Her young ladies should not celebrate yet, but they may become guinea pigs in a win-win experiment. It is certainly an important one.”

Btw1, here’s one teacher that our kids will like: different kind of holshomework: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-33061929

Opposite of a tiger mom: mom wants ban on homework: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-33052040

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