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Update posted 15 hours ago

Petition to Theresa May MP, Richard Graham MP, UK Parliament, Jeremy Corbyn MP, Richard Johnson headteacher, Severn Vale School, Alex chalk, Damian Hinds

BAN homework in secondary school around England and the rest of the United Kingdom

They should ban homework in England in secondary schools because it is the most important years to be studying at school to get GCSE but if you have homework all the time you are missing out on learning. Plus you can spend hours doing the pieces of homeworks and the teachers might not mark them in which you don't know whether you are improving. Plus by doing no homework it would give the students more time to learn and have more time to be able to do stuff they enjoy like hobbies. And it should be up to kids how they revise. And the teachers to prepare the lessons instead of handing homework out in which it could improve learning because it wouldn't take up the time. And if you do your homework you never have time to go out with friends or family because they set to much homework and students go to school about 30 hours a week and spend more hours doing homework they should be able to relax there brains and having a break not doing work all the time.what happens if you win? Well it would stop homework which would give more time to students to do what they want like sports or there hobbies and socialising with other people like friends.and cause teachers can use the time to prepare the lessons instead of handing out homework in which student might not know what to do. and also they don’t give the help student need because they are interested in homework not the pupils progress and whether they are understanding the knowledge!  You spend hours doing it and the teachers don’t mark it which means that time you can be spending with your friends and family also they don’t realise that you only stay a kid for not long so you want to enjoy it. and homework does not help you get a GCSE so the teachers can help you more and stop giving detentions and help people to achieve and learn what they need  they never consult the parents or students and can set how much homework they want which it isn’t fair and this causes health problems because you are not doing fun things like hobbies  a number of health problems are: .heart problems  .anxiety  And another thing is schools set all this homework but then they don’t think socialising or spending time with your family is important like going to beaches so you have memories as you are only young for not long and school do not look at this and they set loads of homework way to much over the weekends but they don’t realise that you too want a break and spend time with family and friends and homework does not help you and it causes health problems  And even teachers get breaks over the weekends and go places so they need to take in consideration of students and they should just ban it so teachers can teach better and homework don’t help cause teachers harlf the time don’t even mark it!  

Lee Sibley
1,885 supporters
Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Oxford University Press, Michael Gove

Nature related words should be reinstated in the Junior Oxford English Dictionary.

By removing many words to do with nature from the Oxford Junior Dictionary, Children will, rather than caring for the earth and everything on it will be more insular and lead less healthy lives. This is alarming at a time when there are more and more species approaching extinction and more and more children suffering from mental illness and obesity.  Some of the replacement words are also questionable choices. For example Blog must surely easier to spell and discover the meaning of than say hedgehog or cygnet.  A group of authors have written to OUP and point out "“When, in 2007, the OJD made the changes, this connection was understood, but less well publicised than now. The research evidence showing the links between natural play and wellbeing; and between disconnection from nature and social ills, is mounting.” They also said, “There is a shocking, proven connection between the decline in natural play and the decline in children’s wellbeing,”   Research reveals that a generation ago, 40% of children regularly played in natural areas, compared to 10% today, with a further 40% never playing outdoors. “Obesity, anti-social behaviour, friendlessness and fear are the known consequences,” they say. This petition echos their request to the Publishers: “that a deliberate and publicised decision to restore some of the most important nature words would be a tremendous cultural signal and message of support for natural childhood”, and ask it to “take that opportunity, and if necessary, bring forward the next edition of the OJD in order to do so”.  We understand that the Oxford Primary Dictionary does include a variety of nature words of use to Primary age children and that this is a more encompassing dictionary than the Oxford Junior Dictionary, but are concerned that some very basic words for the very young are being supplanted by words that they are probably quite familiar with anyway.  We do NOT condone any abusive comments and these will be removed from the discussion if spotted.   

Terry Jackson
198,669 supporters