News: Swedish City considers Banning Homework

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Homework may be a thing of the past for some Swedish students, as one city aims to do away with all homework starting later this year, reports The Local.

The city council of Hallstahammar in central Sweden began an investigation on Monday to determine whether or not to abolish homework.

“We think it’s an interesting idea, and one that should be investigated further to see if it’s possible for Hallstahammar to become the first homework-free municipality in Sweden,” Christina Aspenryd, chairman of the city’s children and education board, told the TT news agency.

The homework ban was suggested by the Left Party (Vänsterpartiet), stating that students should learn everything they need during school hours.

Education Minister Jan Björklund was skeptical, arguing that homework was not an issue for city politicians to decide.

“If this proposal is passed, I will take initiative to change school laws so that cities will not be able to butt in and affect this kind of pedagogical decision,” Björklund said.

News story from: The Local – Sweden’s News in English.

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