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The question of whether children attending primary schools have too much to do in the way of homework was discussed at a meeting •of the Auckland Education Board last week. Mr W. Auld moved, " That the board of inspectors bo asked to inquire into and .report on the whole. question of what is known as ' homework ' in primary schools." The mover said he knew of many cases where boys and girls attending j high schools frequently work-. Ed until 10.30 p.m. in order to getl ■through the tasks set them by the teachers. 'He urged that there was something radically wrong when such a condition of things was necessary. While, he Wja-s not opposed to homework, 'lie considered it very undesirelable to .tax children to such an extent as might prove - a menace to their health. Mr A. Harris seconded the resolution, while Mr El" C. Purdie gave general support to the motion although he did not think that the primary schoolchildren were overworked in this respect. Personally, he was a great believer in home work, and he urged that the inspectors should be allowed to deal with the matter with an open mind: The chairman (Mr GJ. Garland) said that homework was a valuable adjunct to school work, and in well-regulated .schools this work was arranged with such discretion that its 'value was undeniable. The inspectors, however, should not be trammelled in any way in respect to their decision, The motion was carried, and it was also resolved to ask the Teachers' Institute to furnish a 1 report on the subject.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8797, 18 February 1914

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Ashburton Guardian Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8797, 18 February 1914