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Quebec elementary school bans homework
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Students at one Quebec school can expect to have a little more free time on their hands this year.

An elementary school in the province's Saguenay region has decided to ban homework in all classes from Grade 1 to Grade 6.

Some 339 students at College de Saint-Ambroise will take part in the one-year pilot project.

Spokeswoman Marie-Eve Desrosiers says the Jonquiere School Board wants to see whether the ban will help improve scholastic outcomes.

She says teachers will still be allowed to assign studying and reading work.

The school won't be the first to try such an experiment, a school in Barrie, Ont. introduced a similar ban in 2008.

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  1. AbbyW posted on 09/01/2014 05:44 PM
    Welcome to the next generation of civil servants.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 09/02/2014 10:41 AM
    As proposed, it actually seems like a good idea, the more I think about it.

    It's only for grades 1-6. That's fine. Really, in those grades you aren't being taught anything so complex that it requires homework. Once you hit grades 7 and above, you get introduced to more complex lessons.

    Also, a large part of why kids grow up hating school is because of homework. Their parents force them to do it, or no TV or video games, or visiting their friends, etc. As a result, they grow up hating it and look upon it as something negative. If they can spend the first few years of their school life with no homework, they don't develop this negative stigma toward it, and when they are more mature they will be better able to deal with it without the negative connotations.

    So, yeah.. I think it's a good idea for those reasons.
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Students at one Quebec school can expect to have a little more free time on their hands this year.

An elementary school in the province's Saguenay region has decided to ban homework in all classes from Grade 1 to Grade 6.

Some 339 students at College de Saint-Ambroise will take part in the one-year pilot project.

Spokeswoman Marie-Eve Desrosiers says the Jonquiere School Board wants to see whether the ban will help improve scholastic outcomes.

She says teachers will still be allowed to assign studying and reading work.

The school won't be the first to try such an experiment, a school in Barrie, Ont. introduced a similar ban in 2008.

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  1. AbbyW posted on 09/01/2014 05:44 PM
    Welcome to the next generation of civil servants.
  2. Angry Bill posted on 09/02/2014 10:41 AM
    As proposed, it actually seems like a good idea, the more I think about it.

    It's only for grades 1-6. That's fine. Really, in those grades you aren't being taught anything so complex that it requires homework. Once you hit grades 7 and above, you get introduced to more complex lessons.

    Also, a large part of why kids grow up hating school is because of homework. Their parents force them to do it, or no TV or video games, or visiting their friends, etc. As a result, they grow up hating it and look upon it as something negative. If they can spend the first few years of their school life with no homework, they don't develop this negative stigma toward it, and when they are more mature they will be better able to deal with it without the negative connotations.

    So, yeah.. I think it's a good idea for those reasons.
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