The title in itself is a reprieve to many students, to parents, not so much, at least not the homework part. A lot of money is spent in paying school fees which at the end of the day, parents expect that their children will have something to show for it. The ban on the heavy school bags to some extent is justified. For instance, children who go to school are very young between the ages of 3 to 17 who would carry heavy books in their school bags. Their spines may be subjected to damage if they continue carrying these bags day in day out. It is not healthy and this ban will help protect the children from spinal injuries. It is not cheap to treat spinal injuries and more often than not, there are hardly any reliable treatments that can lead to full recovery. The ban on the heavy schoolbags is hence justified. The good thing is that they are not banning bags entirely; they are simply putting a limit on the amount of books carried. Currently, new technologies are providing solutions to carrying books; sites such as famedwriting are providing online solutions.
When it comes to the homework ban, it should not entirely be banned. Homework is an integral part to the learning process and should not be ignored. Although banning of homework and heavy school bags go hand in hand, it is not justifiable to ban homework. It may be argued that it is the homework that leads to the carrying of heavy school bags hence should be banned altogether. To some extent, this is true. If every teacher was to assign homework every day for over eight subjects or more, then that would automatically mean that the school bag is heavily packed.
Homework helps the child reinforce what they learnt earlier in school. By practicing, their retention levels increase and they are able to perform well in their tests. In order to avoid stepping on the toes of almost everyone, a compromise should be reached. There should only be an assigned amount of homework every day. Too much homework to be carried home on their back packs will lead to spinal injury. If they have a reasonable amount to carry home, they will still be able to carry their schoolbags and do some little homework.
In addition, India can also introduce some homework time while in school. This time should solely be dedicated to doing homework. They can either set it to be in the morning before classes or in the evening after classes. This way, the children neither have to carry homework home nor their school bags. Exception can be made for those who will be unable to finish within the designated time. The point here is that the extreme measures of banning homework and carrying of school bags is too extreme and may affect the education system. They can try and see what methods work for the children that will still be able to protect their spines while still enable them to do their homework.