Schools try no-homework policies amid complaints about overload
Such support and restructuring will help us to ensure that homework can better: Support learning and engagement among students, regardless of family background, income level, or caregivers educational status. Narrow the achievement gap by ensuring that instruction, rehearsal, mastery and remediation happens primarily at school and in the classroom, rather than at home, where resources and instructional support are less. It was a decision that was best for her community, Brant said, adding that she often gets phone calls from other principals inquiring how its working out. The VanDamme Academy, a private K-8 school in Aliso Viejo, California, has a similar policy, calling homework largely pointless. The Buffalo Academy of Scholars, a private school in Buffalo, New York, touts that it has called a truce in the homework battle and promises that families can enjoy stress-free, homework-free evenings and more quality time together at home. Kralovec called the ban on homework a movement, though she estimated just a small handful of schools in the U.S. Have such policies. Gaithersburg Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland, is one of them, eliminating the traditional concept of homework in 2012. Such assignments are not intended as a disciplinary or punitive measure, nor as a means of fostering competition among or assessment of students. 2. Homework should BE student-directed. Educators at all grade levels, but particularly in elementary and middle grades, should limit take-home assignments to: At-home reading chosen by the student. Moreover, homework has also been linked to stress and academic disengagement among both young children and teens. In a study published by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, 70 of Bay Area parents reported that their 9- to 13-year-olds suffered "moderate to high levels of stress and that schoolwork or homework was the most significant contributor. Were constantly asking parents for feedback and everyones really happy with it so far. But its really a culture shift. JGI/Jamie Grill / Getty Images/Blend Images, as parents and kids complain about the amount of homework, some schools are trying a new approach.