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ED­U­CA­TION Min­is­ter Nancy Al­lan’s an­nounce­ment that teach­ers will be al­lowed to dock marks for late or missing home­work cer­tainly had read­ers work­ing their home com­put­ers. The les­son that pri­mary and sec­ondary school teaches, that your whole life has to be con­sumed by the same set of mean­ing­less tasks is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous. Had I been al­lowed my free­dom on evenings and week­ends, I could have started on my cho­sen ca­reer path dur­ing my Grade 10 year, in­stead of be­ing bogged down by what was busy­work with ab­so­lutely no value to my life. Killing home­work al­to­gether would open up op­por­tu­ni­ties for younger stu­dents to fully ex­plore other ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing their off-school time.

— MrBat

It is not the job of the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem to pre­pare young peo­ple for the work­force. Grades should re­flect the learn­ing of the stu­dent. There are other ways to teach the im­por­tance of dead­lines. This pol­icy puts too much em­pha­sis on marks and not on learn­ing.

— Jack­ben­im­ble

ver­sity and my ca­reer. If you don’t learn this when you are young you sure aren’t go­ing to learn it when you are an adult work­ing with a fam­ily and a house­hold to run.

— doovz

I can’t fathom any par­ent dis­agree­ing with this change in pol­icy. Sure, mak­ing sure my kids do their home­work or study for their tests takes up my time, but, I con­sider that a part of my job as a par­ent. I am also teach­ing my kids that hard work pays off. More kids should be taught this les­son!

— OverIt

This sounds like a “ let’s teach those kids a les­son” cam­paign. No one learns any­thing by be­ing pun­ished. Each child ( and adult) has a unique learn­ing style, yet there is only one teach­ing style — go fig­ure. Chil­dren need to play, have fun, not be treated as adults. That’s why they are called chil­dren. They are not de­vel­op­men­tally adults un­til they are 24 years old. How about we treat them with pa­tience in­stead of anger.

— vreader

It was a long time com­ing. It’s nice to see san­ity pre­vail. Ed­u­ca­tion has al­ways been I am a teacher cur­rently. I will not deduct a great place for pseudo-in­tel­lec­tu­als. ar­bi­trary amounts of marks for late They come up with “ the­o­ries” and as­sign­ments. The num­ber I put on the “ re­search” and want to change to whole MrBat: There is some­thing to be said page should re­flect the abil­ity shown by sys­tem. No one knows less about teach­ing about an ed­u­ca­tion and ac­count­abil­ity. I the stu­dent in that par­tic­u­lar as­sign­ment than a PhD of ed­u­ca­tion. Ed­u­cat­ing a child don’t know what school you went to but sub­mit­ted, whether late or not. A per­fect is the most sim­ple thing in the world. I was able to do plenty of ex­tracur­ric­u­lar paper, flaw­less in ev­ery way, will not score Kids, as a whole, al­ways try to rise to things af­ter school, work part time and an 80% if late by 48 hours. It will score your ex­pec­ta­tions. Dead­lines make them get good grades. It is called pri­or­i­tiz­ing 100%, as it should. What this does en­able stronger and more em­ploy­able. Thank you and ac­count­abil­ity. The skills or­der. I learned in me to do is not ac­cept late as­sign­ments at Nancy Al­lan for restor­ing the high school has helped me through uni-all. Don’t hand it in by a cer­tain date? Get — a zero. End of story. Par­ents will re­volt in a year or so un­der this pol­icy, be­cause grades across the prov­ince will fall IM­ME­DI­ATELY. Also, for those who claim the “ real world” has dead­lines, and peo­ple lose jobs/ money when late, take a look at our sta­dium, hu­man rights mu­seum, traf­fic cir­cles, pro­rogued Par­lia­ment...

— finn

Let me tell you why I am so glad to see this be­ing brought into place: I worked as a teach­ing as­sis­tant at a uni­ver­sity for over a decade, deal­ing with mostly first-year uni­ver­sity stu­dents in a num­ber of cour­ses. Over the years it got more and more de­press­ing to see the qual­ity of the stu­dents. They can’t spell. They can’t add. They can’t write. For some of them I have no idea how they grad­u­ated high school at all when they’re at roughly a grade 8 level on all things. And yet these kids are in uni­ver­sity, and they’re strug­gling... all be­cause in­stead of fail­ing high school, high school has failed them.

— Am­ber3

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