One mum's justification for why we should ban homework.

Julius & Sharny Kieser and their family.

We live in a time where children are becoming overworked before they even hit high school. And here’s my suggestion – ditch the homework.

Banning homework will make for healthier kids, because they will have time to play, to exercise and to help mum and dad prepare food.

School children already spend six hours a day exercising their minds. What about their bodies? Ban homework and your kids can spend time being more active. More active kids are more intelligent kids. The body carries the mind.

In our opinion, school time should be school time and home time should be home time.

Parents don’t send kids to school with a list of home chores to do, and schools shouldn’t send kids home with a list of school chores to do.


We’re all sitting around waiting for a politician to make a decision, but we forget that politicians aren’t dictators, they’re spokespeople. They can’t make the decision for us.

If you are a parent who believes that schoolwork needs to stay at school, and you want your children to have a real childhood, just start saying “no”.

If families stop doing homework, it will stop being handed out. And don’t worry about the teachers, we’re sure they’d prefer to be actually teaching than creating and marking homework. Just like parents would rather spend the time preparing healthy dinners than helping with homework.

Our call does come with a warning however: Homework is far better than screen or phone time, so warn your kids that if they don’t play outside, do chores and help with dinner, you’ll bring it back!

Do you agree? Should homework be banned in favour of outdoor activities? Is homework making our kids fat?