Przemysła Czarnek estimated that the lack of homework in grades 4-8 will mean a “leveling down”. – Everyone will be on the same level. Both those who have read and those who have not read the books – explained the former Minister of Education.
Education Minister Barbara Nowacka announced the abolition of homework in primary schools. At the end of last week, she announced that the regulation on this matter was ready.
Czarnek: I absolutely agree here
It is to be in force from April. According to the new regulations, in grades 1-3 there will be no homework at all, while in grades 4-8 it will be voluntary and without grading.
Former Minister of Education Przemysław Czarnek said that abolishing homework in grades 1-3 is a good idea.
– In grades 1-3, homework can be done in common rooms. The overwhelming majority of children in grades 1-3 stay in after-school clubs for several hours after finishing classes. And this homework can be done there so as not to burden the parents. We absolutely agree on this – Czarnek said in the “Sedno Matter” program on Radio Plus.
Criticism of the abolition of homework in grades 4-8
However, he negatively assessed the abolition of homework in grades 4-8. Czarnek pointed out that there is currently no obligation to assign homework.
– It is a matter of the teacher and how he implements the core curriculum. Introducing a top-down ban on homework seems to me to be a step in the wrong direction. (…) In grades 4-8 we have a great buzz. (…) And where will they read school books? At school on the windowsill? And to prepare for a test or an exam, where will they be? Also only at school? Such a ban is absolutely illegible, continued the former Minister of Education.
“No expectations for students is the end of school”
In his opinion, the ban on homework in grades 4-8 will have disastrous consequences. He commented that this would mean an educational “level to the bottom.”
– We ask the student to read the text. What next? We don’t ask if he has read it? We don’t judge? What did he understand from this? This means that we are putting education on the floor in general. Lack of expectations for students is actually the end of school. In addition to rights, students have responsibilities. They also have an obligation to learn. (…) Everyone will be on the same level. Both those who have read it and those who have not read it, added Czarnek.