As the iVillage mums limp towards the finish line of term 2, we're fist-pumping the air over the news that a Sydney school has drastically cut back on student's homework to free children up for some quality family time instead.
It sounds like a dream, doesn't it. No nagging and bribing required...you arrive home, have a snack and then spend time bonding instead of entering into homework negotiations such as, "Do all your words and one Mathletics task or NO X-Box!".
St Charles Primary School in Waverly recently swapped formal homework for 'lifestyle tasks'. Children are encouraged to do something physical, help out around the house, read, tell their parents about something they've learned and so on. This concept of non-homework is the brainchild of former NSW school principal Ian Lillico who is now a speaker and advocate for boy's education in Australia. In his book Homework & the Homework Grid he encourages educators to broaden the definition of homework so home life is less stressful and homework less time-consuming.