Year 7 move not im­por­tant

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

AN in­ter­na­tional ed­u­ca­tion ex­pert en­gaged to im­prove Queens­land’s state school sys­tem has hit out at teach­ers who as­sign home­work as ‘‘ busy work’’ and talked down the push to move Year 7 to high school. Pro­fes­sor Ben Levin of the Univer­sity of Toronto, Canada, will au­dit the state’s ed­u­ca­tion re­form agenda and pro­vide an in­terim re­port. The for­mer Cana­dian ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter was in­volved in ma­jor sys­tem wide re­forms in Canada and Eng­land. He told ABC Ra­dio the most suc­cess­ful school sys­tems fo­cused on what hap­pened in­side the class­room. Even home­work wasn’t use­ful un­less it was of the right kind, Prof Levin said. ‘‘ Home­work that’s as­signed as busy work - home­work where kids al­ready know the skill - why would they be do­ing 30 more prob­lems that they can al­ready solve?’’ he said. It also looks un­likely he will sup­port the push to move Year 7 classes into high schools.

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