The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP

Children across Australia, from as young as six years old are bringing home school work.

Some schools are giving students over two hours of homework each week night and more on weekends.

Children and youth are attending school for six hours a day. When you calculate their homework load on top of that they are working the equivalent of an average adult working day, somtimes more. This is stopping many of them from pursuing childhood activities like playing while it is still light outside, social activities, sports and participating in quality family time.

Then there is the addition of performance anxiety when doing assessment and assignment tasks and exam stress throughout high school.

The unrealistic workload for children and high expectations to perform academically for youth is having an emotional and psychologic effect on them and their families.

We, the undersigned, call on the Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth to reduce the school homework load on Australian infants, primary and high school students.

Reduced pressure to perform academically and increased time to play and be children will benefit our students and their families and reduce anxiety and stress related problems in youth.

Please provide more resources and incentives to Australian schools to deliver more of the curriculum with in school hours and support services to complete assessments, assignments and exams without undue psychological pressure on infants, children, youth and their families.

The Less Homework for School Children petition to The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP was written by Terra'Mer Lalirra and is in the category Education at GoPetition.