Greatest regret: Kirstie Allsopps comments on homework divides parents

Kirstie Allsopp is no stranger to causing controversy with her remarks on parenting.

The 47-year-old took to social media about the disadvantages of homework.

She opened up about her  "greatest regret as a parent" is having not taken a firmer stance on homework and instead encourage her two boys to read more.

She's mum to sons with husband Ben Anderson - 11-year-old Bay and nine-year-old Oscar.

Kirstie responded to research that showed 52.5 per cent of eight to 18-year-olds read for pleasure, down from 58.8 per cent from three years ago.

She wrote, ''Hardly surprising figures, the joint assault of absurd homework, which takes time from reading, and the smartphone & tablet, it's amazing any kids are reading for pleasure.''

She continued, ''Reading is everything, homework other than reading is a waste of time and causes conflict & unhappiness in many families, mine included. My greatest regret as a parent is not taking a firm stance on homework from the very beginning and ensuring that our focus as a family was on reading, reading, reading."

Her followers were divided in their opinions about if homework should be given to primary school kids.

One said, ''Don't believe in homework, especially at primary school age. We keep hearing how children are obese and never go out perhaps too much time, at a young age, is children doing homework instead of enjoying childhood."

Another wrote, ''Completely agree. We are lucky that our son's headteacher feels the same way. Reading is the only "homework".''

Others however, has differing views on the topic. 

One said, ''I agree that reading is vital but so is basic numeracy. Practising number work at home is just as important to develop confidence with numbers!" Another commented: "From the age of 4 schools force them to read every night! It becomes such a chore..."

What do you think?

Should homework be banned for younger children or is it good to give them work to focus on when they're at home?




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