…Individualised Learning Opportunities.
I went into one of my semi-regular schools yesterday and was informed by a member of SMT that I must use the new ‘Learners’ Target Terms’.
‘Homework’, it appears, has been declared a forbidden word.
I did ask why the name change had been brought in. After all, if it’s work that’s done at home, it’s homework, right?
One of the deputy heads informed me that ‘strategic dialogues‘ had taken place with ‘concerned parties‘ and that ‘the over-arching framework of agreed reference‘ was that ‘homework is detrimentally impacting on students’ attitude to the furthering of their knowledge.‘ The SMT had therefore decided to ‘build upon students’ strengths and equip them for a challenging future by encouraging dissemination of peer-to-peer knowledge in a more realistically reflective way.‘
I then went and asked someone who speaks English what it was all about.
The head of the MFL department explained that the word ‘homework’ was considered to have negative connotations, and that the SMT had decided to replace it with ‘Individualised Learning Opportunities’. This, apparently, is much more positive and the pupils will be more inclined to complete it than when it was called ‘homework’.
I can’t see any flaws in this exemplary piece of reasoning.
Honestly, none at all…