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‘No homework’ policy is no good
Why I’m against the no-homework policy that schools are adopting – SheKnows
Print article. Your first grader is in the middle of a tea party with six of her stuffed animals. It seems to be going well, despite a recent argument between the stuffed giraffe and his zebra stepbrother. You dutifully get your child set up at her study spot and redirect her attention to a worksheet of math facts. Exhausted and frustrated, you are inclined to agree with her. Your child is not the only one howling about this nightly ritual. The debate over homework has been going on for decades, with the pendulum swinging back and forth between more and less homework for American students.
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Education Secretary Leonor Briones recently engaged in a public pitch for the policy, which is now the subject of a couple of pending bills in Congress. Doing just that, however, leads to the conclusion that a solution other than what she and supportive legislators are proposing is in order. Excessive homework — or to state the argument more accurately, any homework at all — is physically taxing on students, many of them very young, after they have already spent a full strenuous day in the classroom. Projects that students are expected to complete at home often pose a burdensome expense on parents, who may not have a ready budget for the last-minute purchase of needed materials. Assigning homework also adds to the workload of teachers, who must grade these assignments in addition to their everyday work of preparing lessons.
A s kids return to school, debate is heating up once again over how they should spend their time after they leave the classroom for the day. The no-homework policy of a second-grade teacher in Texas went viral last week , earning praise from parents across the country who lament the heavy workload often assigned to young students. Brandy Young told parents she would not formally assign any homework this year, asking students instead to eat dinner with their families, play outside and go to bed early. But the question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains controversial, and plenty of parents take issue with no-homework policies, worried their kids are losing a potential academic advantage. Second graders, for example, should do about 20 minutes of homework each night.