A front cover to a presentation by Callie Aged 13 on 'Why homework should be banned'

Why Homework Should Be Banned

Callie, aged 13

Common Weal are taking a moment to focus on Education this week. Drawing on the key ideas in SORTED (our latest book), we’ve been taking to social media to try and build a picture of our key messages around Scotland’s experiences of Learning. Namely: There’s plenty of evidence that confident, happy learners achieve better academic outcomes and can plan for their futures.

That’s why we are privileged to feature a guest piece this week, from Callie who is 13 years old and from Scotland. Callie has a proposal for us all to consider…. I think you’ll agree that the suggestion is put across with enthusiasm and clearly appealing to a very wide audience. Let the debate start on this one! {Editor’s remarks)

5 thoughts on “Why Homework Should Be Banned”

  1. I’m from a time where mum was at home waiting to welcome the child provide a snack and help with homework! Education still remains tethered to that ideal it seems.
    Here’s the reality It’s likely both parents work Child is tired after school. Parents both stressed and they have to spend precious family time doing homework.
    And believe me, after witnessing my family the kitchen becomes a battle ground, cooking a meal while ‘encouraging’ a reluctant child to ‘get your homework done’ isn’t conducive to a harmonious evening. Primary school children just shouldn’t have homework It’s a source of huge conflict
    So well done to Callie for raising the issue and coming up with alternative strategies.
    Mental health issues in young people are on the increase. Let’s all do what we can to release some of those pressures which contribute.

  2. Alasdair Macdonald

    Thank you. A well-argued and well-presented piece, Callie. It demonstrates how much you have benefited from education.

    One aspect which might be worth considering is that a fair proportion, of the demand for homework comes from parents. It might be worthwhile exploring why that is the case.

  3. Well done Callie, your Grandpa was the first of our family to go to Uni having won a scholarship to Allan Glens in the 1940s. Your Great Grandpa was the working class John McLean sought to educate to a better life. Grandpa was passionate about inspiring educators, public libraries, outdoor education and sport being the great levellers in lifelong education and life chances. Grandpa would be so proud of your work, passion and ideas, to create a fairer society for all, as are we ❤️

  4. Campbell Anderson

    Well done Callie,

    Your argument is very well presented and convincing for me. I have sadly witnessed the stress homework caused my sons and grandchildren. I think your suggestion of “ free time” for students where they could catch up/ reinforce/ extend their understanding in school with access to the internet and help on hand is excellent. Well worth incorporating into our curriculum suggestions.

    Best wishes


  5. Thanks for your interesting and well considered article Callie.
    As someone who works in a secondary school, I completely agree with your suggestions for change.
    Unfortunately many SQA exam courses are very full with things to learn and teachers feel a need to set homework to help cover the course content and skills properly.
    Hopefully the replacement for the SQA will reduce the content of senior courses.

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