Year 7 move not important
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.