Date
19 September 2017
Children five to six years old should be allowed to play a lot and pursue their interests. Photo: AFP
Children five to six years old should be allowed to play a lot and pursue their interests. Photo: AFP

How much homework must kids be made to do?

Are you getting worried that your kids are doing too much homework that they are not having enough time for rest and leisure?

Brian Cooklin, principal of the Hong Kong campus of Nord Anglia International School, believes kids only need to do homework three days a week, and each time for less than half an hour, Sky Post reported Wednesday.

There’s no evidence showing that homework helps boost learning efficiency, other than increase children’s work load, says Cooklin. After all, most of the time it’s the parents who help them to do the homework.

Children five to six years old should be allowed to play a lot and pursue their interests.  This doesn’t mean they have to be enrolled in special classes in which they are not interested, Cooklin was quoted as saying.

He says the best way for parents to nurture their children’s love for learning is through communication and encouragement. Cooklin suggests that parents start reading with their kids when they are two years old.

The English international school, which is going to open in September, will look into the kids’ attitude towards learning before deciding whether to accept them.

Cooklin advises children and their parents to be sincere during the interview. Having 40 years’ experience in teaching, he says he can see if a student is interested in learning or not.

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