Teachers in Shanghai have rejected a draft rule proposing that schools stop giving pupils written homework in order to lower stress levels, Shanghai Daily reports.
However, teachers say homework is essential if children are to develop academic skills
“It is unreasonable for children to have no written homework in literacy teaching,” said primary school Chinese teacher Lu Pei.
While young children learn fast, they also forget fast, said Lu.
Homework is a good way to help them remember and consolidate what they have learned in class, added the teacher.
Pan Zongjiuan, principal of Changning Experimental Elementary School, said that if teachers didn’t give homework parents would just force their kids into out-of-school lessons.
According to Xinhua, the draft rule suggested that primary schools organise “visits to museums, libraries and cultural facilities after class, and cultivate students’ hands-on capabilities through handicrafts or farm work.”
Chinese schools are notorious for giving tons of homework to even very young students. National education authorities have been recommending a cut in after-school work for primary school students since 1988, to no avail.
In 2011, three primary school-aged girls in Jiangxi province allegedly killed themselves over stress related to school work.
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