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    Default Principals want homework abolished for all primary school children

    It seems like the National schools want to stop giving out homework to our little darlings.
    Sean Cottrell, director of the IPPN, said homework was not suited to lower-achieving children and could remind them of what they could not do.

    A little bit PC. They only work about 183 days a year.........that appears to be too much for them, and even if they finish work at 15.00, they should not have to correct homework........when they could be sitting on their holes drinking coffee

    Should homework be abolished for all primary school children? - National News, Frontpage - Herald.ie
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    Principals you mean.

    A little bit PC.
    Not just a little bit, totally PC. What will now happen in this country is what happened in England - all learning will be reduced to the lowest common denominator in order to preserve the self-esteem of "lower-achieving children". It's Marxist economic ideas applied to education and the results will be completely destructive.

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    Are you ******* kidding me? How about we do 2 things:

    1. We don't write off primary school kids as low achievers just yet. We frame their homework to involve more parental input. Or hey, maybe give them different, less arduous work to do? We support and help them so they don't become low achievers in life.

    2. We don't reduce the amount of work the smarter kids do just to match the lesser lights. We won't tie the fast kid's shoelaces together in PE either.

    Good god, they really are trying to ingrain that public sector mentality at an early age.

    Joe Biden's wife said last week, "Those who out-educate us today will out-compete us tomorrow." Dead right.
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    Yes, it might be a mistake. People like yourself obviously did get your spellings corrected. the word is "Principal,"

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    This man should be fired from his job.

    He should be calling for older kids to be involved in cleaning up at the school, like they do in Japan. It would cut down on costs too.
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    Aside from one plank who said "Children have got better things to do with their time" (the only thing they have to do with their time besides homework is playing, which they can do after their homework) all the people the Herald asked said homework should not be abolished, although two people said the amount should be reduced.

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    "Principals claim it is stressful for children and reduces quality time spent with parents"

    Not true since Children spend most of their spare time not with their parents but playing, either outside games like football or Xbox/Playstation/Wii.

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    Parents working on homework with their children is very important. It lets the parent know how their child is doing and it's an opportunity for parents to impart knowledge and even learn!

    Children need to learn that time and effort are required to achieve a result.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sean O'Brian View Post
    "Principals claim it is stressful for children and reduces quality time spent with parents"
    If the parents don't realise that the time they spend with their kids working on their homework is quality time, then they're pretty hopeless.
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    Morning Ireland did a piece on this today and parents, kids and some teachers all wanted homework to stay. How else can yuo know how thick or otherwise the little darling are if they don't have homework & tests?

    Besides, its the teachers who have to correct the homework not the principals. And here was me thinkng the Croke Park agreement was to get MORE productivity from our public servants...

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