EDiversity Education Conference 2015: We Need a Break!
Last October, the EDiversity team of parents brought many alternatives to mainstream education at the “We Need Choices” conference. This year they are presenting the topic “We Need a Break!” - what are some of the choices parents have within the highly competitive mainstream education system?
Don’t want to put too much pressure on your children? But what are your options? Decades of research has consistently shown the ill effect of stress and homework on learning. In the Philippines, the ministry of education prohibited primary schools from issuing homework on weekends; in Quebec, Canada, some primary schools have experimented with zero homework policy for a whole year; even in Beijing, there has been policies to decrease the amount of homework and tests. But what about Hong Kong?
Rethinking “Real” Holidays: Quality time with your children, spent on quality activities!
EDiversity’s second conference, “We Need a Break”, raises an important question for Hong Kong parents: “What if our children can get their weekends and holidays back without any homework?” We’ve invited experts from across Hong Kong and Taiwan to discuss how quality family time can not only improve children’s learning, but also the whole family and entire society! We’ll also look into the effectiveness of homework and standardized assessments in real world learning, and put the spotlight on the importance of minimizing rote learning and drilling and giving time for our children’s brains to rest.
Nobody wants to be a “monster parent” if we have the choice. If we can all do some critical thinking, and dare to make the right choices, then together, we can change the world for our children! For us and our families!
To view the Day 1 programme, click here
To view the Day 2 programme, click here
For more information, visit the EDiversity website: http://www.ediversity.org/en/conference/2015-jun