The Irish school that doesn't believe in homework

One Dublin primary school’s ‘no-homework policy’ has been a resounding success

Teacher Eimear O’Callaghan with 4th class pupils at Loreto Primary School, Rathfarnham. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

Teacher Eimear O’Callaghan with 4th class pupils at Loreto Primary School, Rathfarnham. Photograph Nick Bradshaw for The Irish Times

If the messages I received following a recent column I wrote on my feelings regarding homework are anything to go by, then there’s an awful lot of disgruntled parents who are silently willing an end to afternoons of homework battles with tired and frustrated children. What’s possibly more surprising, however, is that it appears there are a lot of teachers willing an end to homework too.

Yet, on many of us plod, negotiating afternoons of maths, Irish and English sentences, while wishing the powers that be might take a leaf out of their Finnish counterparts’ books and abolish homework for once and for all. But is homework just a necessary evil or should be we looking at a change in how we’re doing things?

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