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Canadian Schools to Drop Homework?

10 SEP 2014
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Canadian Schools to Drop Homework


Lately there has been an onset of news articles reporting the downfalls of today’s math courses and their low success rates in schools. The National Post has recently spotlighted a teacher who has innovated a way to keep his students in class and passing.

Three years ago at a Red Deer, Alberta high school, math teacher David Martin was teaching his class like every other math teacher in the country. The class would go over a concept, work out some problems, then similar questions would be assigned for homework. The dropout rate was 40%.

David Martin knew something had to change, so he busied himself research teaching methods. His research told him one thing: homework had to go. Ever since eliminating homework and focusing on in-class work, the dropout rate has gone from 40% to 5%.

Homework has been criticized in recently years as being stress-inducing, and a failure to complete homework can make students fall behind. Homework also puts pressure on the parents to take time each night to tutor their children, and problems often arise when the parents show their children different methods than what they’re learning in school. Some primary schools in Canada have already ruled out homework from the 1-6 grades, citing that exercise and creativity are more important during these years. While the no-homework approach worked for Mr. Martin’s high school math class, there are concerns that a lack or total absence of homework in early primary grades will ill-prepare students for the eventual homework load which will come in high school and then university.