Many parents are singing the praises of these policies, which remove the nightly nagging of “Have you done your homework?
He reports students haven’t fallen behind, but now they have “time to be creative thinkers at home and follow their passions” (, Feb 26, 2017).
The subtext of a “no homework” policy in elementary schools is saying: We trust our teachers, we trust the curriculum, and we trust our students to pay attention as well as learn during the day.
I think that for the very consciencious kid, homework is a way to bring things to completion. My brother was an undiagnosed dyslexic, so my parents spent the whole homework time in the kitchen with him, while I worked alone in another room.
Homework were also useful when I entered English school in grade 12.
No homework for kindergarten through fifth grade doesn’t erase learning, but helps students tolerate an often long day better and encourages them to pursue their unique interests after-school from reading and writing to taking photographs.
Abbey, age nine, is one of my child client’s without homework and she’s created a website to share her “nature photos through her eyes.” Counterintuitive classrooms Western societies often think “more is better” but when it comes to homework the exact opposite may be true for young and perhaps even older children.But Cooper’s study isn’t black and white: There were modest gains for middle and high school students, so it looks like the developmental window of early childhood is the place where homework isn’t necessarily beneficial.Recently, Heidi Maier, the new superintendent of Marion County in FL, which has 42,000 students made national news because she not only is banning homework, but is replacing it with 20 minutes of reading per night.To learn more about her books, sessions or programs: @mdhealy Resources The Washington Post – July 17, 2017 Why this superintendent is banning homework – and asking kids to read The Washington Post - February 26, 2017 What happened when one school banned homework – and asked kids to read and play instead Healthline – April 11, 2017 Is too much homework bad for kids’ health?CBS News – Sept 26, 2016 Growing number of elementary schools now homework free The Battle Over Homework by Harris Cooper (2007) No homework would've helped me a lot, even if it was only till 5th grade or so.This could make you question why kids should not have homework at all. Since most schools are set on assigning homework, the best thing you can do as a parent is trying your best to attain a balance between school life and home life, and try and ease things up for your child.Homework may be the greatest extinguisher of curiosity ever invented - Alfie Kohen, author of The Homework Myth Sweeping our country is a new trend, which I love: No homework!Of course, the no homework program isn’t for every principal although I really think in early elementary school there’s no downside and research even reveals that, too!Studies show In 2006, Harris Cooper shared his meta-analytic study, which found homework in elementary school (K-5th grade) does not contribute to academic achievement.Kids are more successful in school when parents take an active interest in their homework — it shows kids that what they do is important.Of course, helping with homework shouldn't mean spending hours hunched over a desk.