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Post time 2018-3-15 17:05:10 |Display all floors
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(CRI Online) For the last 34 years, a primary school in Shenyang has maintained a policy not giving homework to its students. The free time has helped reduce the burden on students, who have continued to achieve great academic performance, reports

The Fifth Primary School of Shenyang Railway, in north China's Liaoning Province, is famous for its relaxed atmosphere. The school, which was established in 1958, introduced its no homework policy in 1984 in a pilot scheme for one class. But it has since been introduced across the campus.

Zhang Xiujin, the former head of the school, said "There are only teachers who don't know how to teach, there are no children who can't be taught. There is not a lot of knowledge that needs to be learned during the primary school period, so the extra workload is unnecessary."

With no homework to keep them busy at the end of the day, students can join optional courses or participate some of the school's 60 different clubs, as well as 20 compulsory courses covering topics including smart robots, music, and the arts.

A parent of one of the children at the school said, "This school prefers to encourage students to read books and news instead of giving them homework, which helps develop a good learning habit."

Wang Hongliang graduated from the school in 2013. He says the benefits of allowing students to think more and develop their individual interests are clear after they enter high school. "My life preparing for college entrance examination is full of stress, but the experience of studying at this primary school really helped me a lot."

In his government work report at the opening of this year's "Two Sessions," Premier Li Keqiang announced that the government will "give attention to addressing the problem of heavy extracurricular burdens on primary and secondary school students".

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Post time 2018-3-16 10:32:39 |Display all floors
My kind of school for kids!

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Post time 2018-3-16 20:28:01 |Display all floors
I don't remember getting much homework to do in primary school in Australia. Spelling words was about it. I don't think I did a lot of that though because I can't spell.

Anyway - no homework but 20 compulsory courses at the end of the day? What?

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Post time 2018-3-18 21:54:29 |Display all floors
No need for any school to enforce home work..
if you want something in life get off your backside, and do it yourself!! don't rely on others to do it for you

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Post time 2018-3-19 08:20:16 |Display all floors
The reason why this school has survived 3 years is that nobody ever took it seriously, treating it as a kind of freak show. Now that its success has been demonstrated it may face jealous scrutiny. Nothing rattles the officials more than the suspicion that young minds spend part of their day time completely on their own learning what the care to learn. These children might be the only ones who actually learn something useful.

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