Nanny has many strange bed fellows and followers, who happily inflict their perverse and idiosyncratic views about life on the rest of us. One such example of perversity is Dr Patrick Hazlewood, head of St John's Marlborough.
It seems that, in the opinion of Dr Hazlewood, homework is a dinosaur.
"Homework, like the national curriculum, is a dinosaur..."
In view of this, he has banned it; and given his pupils the opportunity to "manage their own learning".
Now that'll work, won't it children?
This rather radical idea has taken everyone by surprise; including, so it seems, his own school. School policy notes that:
"regular homework is an essential element of learning and contributes to the development of sound study habits..".
Parents are even asked to tell the school if they think their child has been given too little homework.
This "brainwave" was not entirely Dr Hazlewood's own idea, plagiarism? tut tut, but the idea of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA); which has concluded that teachers are not there to transmit knowledge.
May I ask what their role is then?
The Department of Education has belatedly said that homework is "an essential part of a good education". Unfortunately they are the very same idiots who funded the RSA project in the first place.
That's the trouble with Nanny, she doesn't keep track of what her acolytes are doing.
Dr H is no stranger to daft ideas; he has already introduced "cross-curricular projects", whatever they are, and has allowed pupils to mark each other's work.
The intellectual basis of this idea to ban homework, and I use the words with a degree of irony, is that pupils are to be encouraged to "love learning for its own sake".
Seemingly pupils will be instilled with:
"competences for learning, citizenship, relating to people, managing situations and managing information..".
Exams it seems only impede pupils' progress!
That is all very well, but please tell the employers that when they are selecting a short list of interview candidates from over 100 CV's.
This daft policy will do the pupils no favours; as the real world, like it or not, relies on exams and other dinosaurs to grade and classify people.