Friday, October 07, 2016

mum tells teacher: "Homework is torture, kids need time to play"

Italian mum tells teacher: Homework is torture, kids need time to play
An Italian mum sparked debate over the intensity of Italy's school system when she shared a note she had written to her daughter's teacher on Facebook, in which she said her daughter didn't have time to do her homework.
Anna Santoiemma told her nine-year-old daughter's teacher that rather than spending evenings doing homework, her child needed time for sport and other activities.

She wrote the message in a homework diary, underneath the instructions for Thursday's homework: reading a page in a history textbook.
The mother shared the message on Facebook, adding: "Enough homework and enough of torturing our children after eight hours sitting at desks."

"Mariasole wasn’t able to study History, because after eight hours of school, from 17:00 to 19:30 she dedicated her remaining free time to sport and recreational activities."
Speaking to The Local, she said: "Unfortunately, school reform in Italy has been completely gutted because of continuous government cuts. We have demotivated teachers, there aren't any specialized refreshers' courses and there's no aptitude testing.
"School time should be contained within the eight hours that children spend at school," Santoiemma added. "After that, leave them free to play, or even to laze around for the rest of the time. Instead, the culture of homework is already deeply rooted, which in my opinion is pointless after so many hours at school."
Hundreds of people commented on the post, many of them criticizing the idea of children skipping their homework.
"The human mind is a sponge which is most absorbant in the first years of life, we need to make the most of this period of their lives to make them learn as many things as possible," commented one woman, Maria Trimarco.
"Studying is torture for you? What kind of message do you think that sends?" said another Facebook user.
However, other parents and commenters agreed with Santoiemma that children need more downtime and shouldn't be picking up pen and paper after eight hours in school.
"I'm with you! The best schools in the world have fewer hours of classes and more recreational time. Children have to be children - at least for a few hours a day!" said Valentina Donati.
"If I leave work after eight hours, the last thing I want is to do the same thing at home that I've been doing all day," said another Italian mother, who added that she encouraged her children to do their homework at weekends or during holidays, but not on school nights.
What about Nigerian Nursery/ Primary school pupils? Do you think they are over worked?

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