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"Forward thinking" Thai school bans homework - director believes Finland model is better

 

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One of Thailand's oldest and most respected schools in Bangkok has created a big stir by banning homework.

 

Wat Bowonniwet School in Banglamphoo teaches boys in secondary.

 

The director said from the start of the next school year in May there will be no homework. They plan to promote more activities outside the classroom rather than giving their students so much extra work to do at home.

 

The director told Channel 7 that he had received so many complaints from the students themselves that homework was ruining their lives, making them stressed and causing them not to want to go to school. They didn't even understand their homework.

 

Many were doing 3 hours a night and that meant they couldn't do other things they were interested in.

 

The director said that he had studied education models in Finland where students - even sixth formers - get virtually no homework and where the children are much happier.

 

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And, tellingly, where educational standards are among the highest in the whole world.

 

The media said the online "No Homework School" announcement has caused some incredulity but also resulted in much praise from parents for the school's forward thinking.

 

Wat Bowonniwet School has 234 students and 31 teachers, said Channel 7. The school is 127 years old and has survived the reigns of six Chakri Dynasty kings since the time of Rama V.

 

Thaivisa notes that the Finnish education system featured heavily in Michael Moore's film "Where to Invade Next".

 

Students in the European country, where standards are about the best in the world, didn't even understand the concept of homework because they hardly ever had to do any. They understood that time out of school was meant to be spent with family and on other activities.

 

Even sixth formers - weighed down with homework in most education systems - got just 20 minutes a day, they said in the movie.

 

However, what the Channel 7 report did not mention but what also featured in Michael Moore's film is that teacher training in Finland is extremely extensive.

 

For a Finnish model to work in most Thai schools, teacher training would need to be stepped up dramatically, notes Thaivisa.

 

Source: Channel 7

 

 

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in the USA more than 20 years ago the workload in public and private schools exploded.

you kept up or fell by the way side.

i was dating a woman with a 14 year old daughter who was top in her class and she was so stressed she was on medication.

but that is how it is now. Thailand is so far behind.

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2 hours ago, webfact said:

However, what the Channel 7 report did not mention but what also featured in Michael Moore's film is that teacher training in Finland is extremely extensive.

 

For a Finnish model to work in most Thai schools, teacher training would need to be stepped up dramatically, notes Thaivisa.

:clap2::clap2::clap2:That was EXACTLY what I immediately thought after reading of director Ketsomchart Areemitr's decision to introduce the "Finnish model" at his esteemed school. Thank you, ThaiVisa, for pointing this out as well. Now, please, forward your observations to both Ch7 and the director -- I'm quite sure they're not aware of the fact that "no homework" is inextricably linked to and hinged on "superior teacher training".

 

While I am totally in favor of easing - or even eliminating - students' homework burden and replace it with activities that stimulate their minds and bodies, thus making their lives more enjoyable and less stressful, it is all for nought if the teaching quality during regular school hours is abysmally bad.  

 

As famous and reputable as Mr. Areemitr's school may be, he already indirectly admitted that the quality of his educators is lacking by saying that his pupils...

2 hours ago, webfact said:

...didn't even understand their homework.

That hardly would be possible if the school's teacher body were up to par. The entire point of homework is to recap the lessons and deepen the understanding of the subjects that were administered. If students "don't even understand their homework" something must be going horribly wrong at that school -- no matter how "respected" it is.     

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2 hours ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Staying home watching Youtube is probably more educating than many schools here.

I think Bugs Bunny is.

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6 minutes ago, ThaiBunny said:

... how abolishing private schools plays out with the Thai elite

doing so would get in the way of molding their "trophy children"

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