Homework. If you've had a scroll through Twitter in the past 24 hours, you'll have no doubt come across a tweet or hundreds about homework. How much is too much? What impact does it have? And should it just be scrapped altogether?
Yes, says US comedian Rob Delaney. He tweeted yesterday: "Why do they give 7 yr olds so much homework in UK & how do I stop this. I want my kid frolicking & drawing & playing football. Who knows more about stopping this madness & can help me?"
His tweet went viral – with footballing legend Gary Lineker, comedian Romesh Ranganathan and journalist Piers Morgan just a few of the high-profile names weighing in on the matter.
Seems an awful lot of parents agree on the pointlessness and stressful nature of homework. Kids should be allowed to play and enjoy home-life with their parents without the divisiveness of work they have plenty of time to do at school. There’s plenty of time to be an adult.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) September 25, 2018
It’s absolutely ridiculous. There should be none.— Romesh Ranganathan (@RomeshRanga) September 25, 2018
A lot of LAZY parents will agree with you, Jugs.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 25, 2018
As a nation, we're falling so far behind educational standards of countries like China, it's embarrassing.
Telling our kids to now give up on homework seems a perverse response to this.... https://t.co/6rH03WeVPU
Yes! 👍👍👍 I also don’t have a fucking clue what I’m talking about so I’m googling ‘how to do fractions!’ How is this helpful!?— Jason Manford (@JasonManford) September 25, 2018
🙌🏼🙌🏼 my nightly battle right there! More to the point I don’t even understand half of it 😂🤦🏽♀️ https://t.co/TYWRh6t42v— Rebekah Vardy (@RebekahVardy) September 25, 2018
And it seems that even when your dad writes a song declaring his distaste for homework, you've still got little choice in the matter…
"And if the homework brings you down— Danny Baker (@prodnose) September 25, 2018
Then we'll throw it on the fire
And take the car downtown…"
David Bowie, Kooks, 1971. #WiseWords
Unfortunately those lyrics were fantastical. I had to do my homework every bloody time.— Duncan Jones (@ManMadeMoon) September 25, 2018
But some parents did highlight that a lot of schools are listening to their views when it comes to setting homework.
Our kids primary school has finally stopped homework, they ask them to do a bit of reading.— carl peirson (@carlpeirson) September 25, 2018
School also set up maths and spelling games online which they can log on and “play” with friends, they love doing that but it’s not measured just fun.
My daughter’s homework has seriously reduced now she’s in Year 6, and some of it is optional. No more tears and it’s ace!!!— Debra (@ddebralouise) September 25, 2018
I was thrilled to get this message from my daughter's school. ❤ pic.twitter.com/imITQ7oLwX— Hannah O'hanraha-hanrahan (@buntyhoven) September 25, 2018
Our daughter's primary school stopped setting it a couple of years ago - the kids are all still doing well but are much happier and weekends are about other activities and not trying to cram it in.— Belinda Moore (@BelsMoore) September 25, 2018