Homework. I have heard many parents with kids as young as kindergarten complaining about how much homework their children have and how much time it takes. There are kids who spend all day at school and another 3-4 hours after school working on homework. This seems like a bit much so elementary P.S 116 in New York adopted a new approach. They have eliminated homework for their students.
The principal said in a letter to parents...
"The topic of homework has received a lot of attention lately, and the negative effects of homework have been well established. They include: children's frustration and exhaustion, lack of time for other activities and family time and, sadly for many, loss of interest in learning… In fact, you may be surprised to learn that there have been a variety of studies conducted on the effects of homework in the elementary grades and not one of them could provide any evidence that directly links traditional homework practices with current, or even future, academic success."
Sounds like a student's dream come true. Some parents may have been did a happy dance. But not all parents were happy with this decision. Some parents felt that homework was a lesson in discipline and on how to work towards a goal. Other parents were concerned that their children will fall behind academically.
An elementary school in Chicago implemented a no homework policy this school year with positive outcomes. Eighty percent of parents have agreed that the no homework policy has had a positive impact on their student. The only real issue that parents are having is that they feel like they don't know what their students are studying in school. This concern was heard and corrected with a weekly email to parents with an overview of the weeks work.
As a parent of an elementary student I am torn on this issue. I can see how homework is not essential at this age. But then again if a student goes through elementary school without homework and then gets to junior high and has homework how would that transition go?
Are you for a no-homework policy for elementary students?