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Home Work

"Homework" is claimed to be learning work & assessment-work for pupils.

They're both lies
Homework is a waste of time;  it's also unfair and corrupting.

N.b. - Finland's children DON'T DO homework yet are the best educated kids in Europe.

ASSESSMENT- it's not possible to use 'homework' for assessment when:-

a stupid rich child might have work space (even a separate room), time free of any household duties and the quiet necessary for concentration;

an intelligent poorer child might have no space - (many families being doomed to single room b&b accommodation), has family duties - (child minding, cleaning etc.), and cannot find any quiet at all.

a stupid rich child can use the Internet to cut and paste a complete and perfect (but worthless) homework package in a few minutes;

an intelligent poorer child, without access to the Internet and little free time is forced to do several days' hard work to assemble a `lesser-rated' package.

Because she's handicapped by lack of time, space (and motivation), and (always) by poorer availability of local library.
A library now probably being robbed of funds by our corrupt councillors & bureaucrats


UPDATE - 03 Jan 2015 - UK Edu. expert criticises "completely pointless" homework - set by new OFSTED regime.

UPDATE - 16 Oct 2012 - France decides to ban elitist and divisive Homework - "Work should be done at school".

UPDATE - 09 Oct 2008 - Media catch-up: "decision .. to reduce and even abandon homework".
"What is the point of it? ... abandon homework" - Quote: "setting homework ... gives another advantage to middle class children"

Which is what we at `Perceptions' have been saying for years!

LEARNING WORK - worthless material is given to pupils to be slavishly copied and memorized. Most of it is out-of-date or just plain wrong.

In addition, those masses of worthless data - and subsequent exams - are a ridiculous and damaging over-load of pupils who would gain from more out-of-classroom time and more time for private reading.


junking 33% of the curriculum - so removing misinformation and ending 'curriculum rush';

reintroducing valuable non-classroom subjects - music, sport, PE, drama, swimming, private reading / private study etc - to the school week;

scrapping homework completely - to prevent damaging class-bias and discrimination;

would improve characters and academic outcomes!

Why is pupils' time being wasted?

Why is teachers' time being wasted?

For meaningless, class biased outcomes

Yes - that's probably why!

UPDATE 22 Nov 2005 - Survey finds: "The Rich are Cheating" - but they're in charge, so it'll continue!

UPDATE Sept. 2007 - Admission that `universities still cheat to favor the elite'.

UPDATE 2008 - "The weight of evidence suggesting that the public exam system, as a whole, has become corrupted is now impossible to ignore" - `The Independent' 21 August 2008.

UPDATE 09 Oct 2008 - Media catch-up: "What is the point of it? ... abandon homework" - Quote: "setting homework ... gives another advantage to middle class children" - which is what we've been saying for some years!

UPDATE Nov 2008 - `Nearly half of Cambridge University students cheat, according to a survey'


Why do UK politicians seem always to choose, initially anyway, the most harmful and inefficient methods and systems?

By 2006  - UK's intensive multiple exam system has had the effect of making `valuable' - so far as selfish teachers and heads are concerned - only those students pretty well guaranteed to achieve good passes in certain `academic' subjects.

At all stages the others are deemed `worthless' - by selfish teachers and heads - because the league tables are biased toward pre-selection.

So, at all stages they tend to be abandoned - by selfish teachers and heads - whilst in reality they are most important students of all.  They are our future - both as work-force and voters! * - **

I suspect politicians purposely make those `erroneous' choices because they are hand-in-glove with a civil-service ruled by greedy dishonest elitists, and need to preserve privilege and corruption for their own advantage.
Which is why we see this faked `incompetence' in all matters:-  of local & nat'l infrastructure, education, taxation, law, policing and of the electoral system itself. ***

"Can we truly expect that those who aim to exploit us can be trusted to educate us?"

Eric Schaub

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