What Would Happen To Kids If There Was No Homework Or Tests At School, That’s The Alpha School In Canada, See What Happened To These Kids.
The Alpha Alternative School in Toronto, Ontario is celebrating 40 years. It’s a school that doesn’t give homework and doesn’t ever test it’s students. The students, parents and teachers are in together on deciding what the children learn. Some studies are working with other kids and going out in nature and learning.
One thing I noticed reading about this school and what the kids (who are adults) had to say and what they are doing now. They are all doing well in their lives and are all creative adults. They all talk about having a strong sense of self, working in a community and whaty their part in society is. They all talk about being able to interact with other people and that they don’t fear authority and don’t feel oppressed from their education.
Elise Soal of Yahoo! shares this Flannery Fielding attended Alpha from ages 4 to 11. She’s a Nurse Practitioner in Palliative Care. Fielding credits the school for her love of reading, but says when she transitioned to a traditional high school she never “got the hang of homework.” She says, “I think most kids at Alpha had a sense of superiority about the freedom we had-to learn, to play, to be ourselves — although for me and my friends, that eventually transformed into a kind of dread about what we might be missing, how hard it was going to be for us in the ‘real world.’”
Elise Soal of Yahoo!d goes on to show others, Morgan Jones-Phillips attended Alpha from ages 4 to 9. He’s a Paramedic and also does stand-up comedy. He recalls playing tag and going to the park and looking for four-leaf clovers. “My understanding of what made it different was a perceived lack of formal structure. I don’t remember ever having to do anything. This may sound like complete chaos; certainly if you let the kids in a regular school plan their day, it would be chaos, but I think that because that was our normal, we created our own day. We, as students, took it upon ourselves to create the structure that wasn’t being imposed on us,” he says.
Could that be the wave of the future, would you want your kids to give up on homework. My question is, does homework really help kids learn? Why can’t they have time to be kids when they are young and have them buckle down more as they get older?
What do you think?