Homework And Tests Stressing You Out? Consider Moving To Sweden!

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While an entire month free of homework or tests may sound too good to be true, that is precisely what the students at Sturenskolan School in Boden, Sweden were treated to in April. What’s more, if the results of the experiment prove encouraging, starting 2019, the middle schoolers will never have to worry about after-school work or tests, aside from the national examinations, which are mandatory for students across the country.

The school’s principal, Petronella Sirkka, who came up with the idea, told Swedish national public broadcaster SVT, “We are constantly receiving new reports that our children feel bad. And that’s because they have a very high-stress level all the time. This is our way of trying to reduce that stress.”

The educator says that while banning homework and tests sounds radical, it makes sense given the changes in curriculum and approach to education. While in the past students were primarily subjected to memorizing and regurgitating facts, learning today is all about reflection and analysis. As a result, it is often harder for kids, especially those with little support at home, to comprehend the material by themselves. Hence, it is only fair to grade them based on their class work.

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Sirkka is not the only one who believes after-school work does not help students learn. In March 2018, the principal at École Elizabeth Ballantyne, an elementary school in Montreal, Canada, also decided to do away with homework. They hope parents will spend the extra time reading to their kids.

The debate over how much, if any, homework kids should be given is not new. In their 2006 book The Case Against Homework, authors Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish argue that while there is no proof of the benefits of homework, there is plenty of evidence of its adverse effects. A 2014 Stanford University study conducted on 4,000 students revealed that the daily stress of after-school work not only leads to decreased interaction with friends and family, but also results in sleeping disorders and physical ailments such as headaches.

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While the long-term impact of the recent decisions made by the two educators remains to be seen, the experiment has already proved successful in Finland. The Nordic country, which is at the forefront of education reform, has done away with homework, grades, and even teaching by subjects for many years. Yet, Finnish students always rank high in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) tests especially in math and science! Hopefully, it will only be a matter of time before US educators follow their lead and ban after-school work as well!

Resources: yahoo.com,sputnicknews.com, NPR.org

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657 Comments
  • pusheenicorn
    pusheenicornSunday, February 7, 2021 at 3:26 pm
    That makes a lot of sense. Plus, if teachers want kids to pay attention to their classes, then they shouldn't give them homework that makes the kids get bad sleep! The kids won't be able to pay attention to their classes as well, because they are trying hard to stay awake. 😴
    • animallovinggal
      animallovinggalFriday, December 11, 2020 at 7:02 pm
      What is your favorite subject in school?
      • horse123456
        horse123456Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:23 am
        art obviously
        • sage26
          sage26Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 1:45 pm
          mine would have to be English
        • animallovinggal
          animallovinggalFriday, December 11, 2020 at 7:02 pm
          I get really stressed and sorta depressed when I get a ton of homework. It's not fun when u have a ton! I admit, some subjects are fen! Like reasoning! Math though, not so much!
          • levi099
            levi099Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:42 am
            Its not much HOMEWORK it is not everything everyone can have fun
            • levi099
              levi099Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 8:23 am
              Homework is not fun
              • owen166
                owen166Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 6:16 am
                No it is not fun
                • owen166
                  owen166Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 6:11 am
                  Everything is not homework not that much because everybody can have much fun !! Not homework
                  • levi099
                    levi099Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:43 am
                    No because it can't be much HOMEWORK
                  • jkbear
                    jkbearWednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12:36 pm
                    Homework is not fun
                    • kiarathequeen
                      kiarathequeenFriday, August 7, 2020 at 5:40 pm
                      Homework is not healthy.because it we do to much homework we will get over well🙍
                      • ginnyweasly1
                        ginnyweasly1Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:21 am
                        I always get stressed about homework especially since I am a 5th grader! So much homework!
                        • waterwolfg
                          waterwolfgFriday, February 12, 2021 at 10:53 am
                          i just wanna say love the name HUGE hp fan
                          • disneyfreak
                            disneyfreakTuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6:08 am
                            HARRY POTTER EW!