According to WTHR News on Tuesday, some students don’t have to worry about homework any more because it has been banned in their school. Some schools are fed up with students stressing out over homework, and they are opting out of homework altogether. No-homework policies are spreading through schools in the United States. Schools are changing over to using the Common Core curriculum. The banning of homework is good for students and parents too who have been overwhelmed by the amount of homework given by teachers in recent years.
College de Saint-Ambroise, an elementary school in Quebec, is the latest school to ban homework. Officials say they will try the new policy for a year to see how it works. Teachers are going to be increasingly interested in having total control over student learning during the class day and not relying on homework to support student learning.
The ban on homework is making its way into schools in the United States. One such school is Gaithersburg Elementary School in Rockville, Maryland. That particular school eliminated the traditional concept of homework in 2012. The policy is still in place and working fine, In lieu of homework, students are required to read 30 minutes each night, according to a report on the “Today” show on Monday.
Principal Stephanie Brant believes the shift to the Common Core curriculum is what students need to train them to think differently and to spend their time in meaningful ways. The principal says parents are on board with the the decision to ban homework. In fact, Brant says she often get telephone calls from principals of other schools inquiring about the success of the no homework policy.
The VanDamme Academy, a private K-8 school in Aliso Viejo, California, calls homework “largely pointless” so there is a ban on homework there. The Buffalo Academy of Scholars, a private school in Buffalo, New York, has also banned homework and promises families that they can enjoy stress-free, homework-free evenings and more quality time together at home. Some schools have taken yet another approach. At Ridgewood High School in Norridge, Illinois, teachers do assign homework but it doesn’t count towards a student’s final grade.
The ban on homework is working just as well for parents as for students. It was reported that a New York father said he spent a considerable amount of time each week helping his eight-grader with his homework. According to a poll of more than 14,800 readers, nearly three quarters of respondents would like their child’s school to implement a no-homework policy.