“Forward thinking” Thai school bans homework – director believes Finland model is better



One of Thailand’s oldest and most respected schools in Bangkok has created a big stir by banning homework.


Wat Bowonniwet School in Banglamphoo teaches boys in secondary.


The director said from the start of the next school year in May there will be no homework. They plan to promote more activities outside the classroom rather than giving their students so much extra work to do at home.


The director told Channel 7 that he had received so many complaints from the students themselves that homework was ruining their lives, making them stressed and causing them not to want to go to school. They didn’t even understand their homework.


Many were doing 3 hours a night and that meant they couldn’t do other things they were interested in.


The director said that he had studied education models in Finland where students – even sixth formers – get virtually no homework and where the children are much happier.



And, tellingly, where educational standards are among the highest in the whole world.


The media said the online “No Homework School” announcement has caused some incredulity but also resulted in much praise from parents for the school’s forward thinking.


Wat Bowonniwet School has 234 students and 31 teachers, said Channel 7. The school is 127 years old and has survived the reigns of six Chakri Dynasty kings since the time of Rama V.


Thaivisa notes that the Finnish education system featured heavily in Michael Moore’s film “Where to Invade Next”.


Students in the European country, where standards are about the best in the world, didn’t even understand the concept of homework because they hardly ever had to do any. They understood that time out of school was meant to be spent with family and on other activities.


Even sixth formers – weighed down with homework in most education systems – got just 20 minutes a day, they said in the movie.


However, what the Channel 7 report did not mention but what also featured in Michael Moore’s film is that teacher training in Finland is extremely extensive.


For a Finnish model to work in most Thai schools, teacher training would need to be stepped up dramatically, notes Thaivisa.


Source: Channel 7

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