Student workloads are enormous and seem to get heavier with each passing year and grade. In light of this, school districts from all over the nation are considering the elimination of weekend and holiday homework assignments.
Students were too young to drink but probably inspired to celebrate somehow after they heard the news that public schools in Galloway Township, New Jersey, will not assign homework to any of its 3,500 students on weekends and holidays. In northern California, the Pleasanton Unified School District has followed their lead and has suggested drastic homework reduction for its student district, which is comprised of 14,500 students. One school in Wyoming, the Grant Elementary School in Glenrock, has eliminated homework all together for primary school children.
School boards have been responding to complaints from parents that their children are not enjoying their lives because they are over-burdened with too much homework (sometimes as much as four hours a night). They also expressed their concerns that teachers seem to be placing more emphasis on preparing for tests than on the learning process.
The new policy in Pleasanton, California, would set limits on homework assignments and require teachers to not assign too much at one time by coordinating time spent preparing for tests and projects. For the school in Galloway, New Jersey, the formula suggested is 10 minutes a day multiplied by a child’s grade. For example, a child in second grade would have no more than 20 minutes of homework a day and no homework over the weekend.
Schools have found that the reduction in homework has not adversely affected student performance; in fact, it has enhanced it in some instances.
Children everywhere may soon be dancing in the streets as the news leaks out and the school year begins in the fall. (At least now, they will have the time to do it!)