HOLYOKE, Mass. — More schools are coming to the conclusion that saddling young children with homework may not be the best thing for their development.
Kelly Elementary School in Holyoke, Massachusetts wrote in a letter to parents that students would not be receiving homework this academic year.
“We want kids to go home tired; we want their brains to be tired,” Jackie Glasheen, principal of the school, whose kindergarten through 8th-grade students are nearly all poor and Hispanic, told ABC News. At home, she said, “we want them to engage with their families, talk about their school days and go to bed.”
Glasheen and the team of teachers who came up with the idea to end homework are among a growing number of U.S. educators and parents questioning the value of having children do schoolwork at home.
The school considered the ban a “no-brainer” after lengthening its school day by two hours to make up for lagging test scores.
It’s at least the second such ban this year.
Fort Worth mother Samantha Gallagher posted a copy of a letter from her daughter’s teacher about the new homework policy in mid-August, EAGnews reported.
“Dear parents, After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year,” the letter read.
“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.
“Thanks, Mrs. Brandy Young.”
Gallagher wrote that her daughter “Brooke is loving her new teacher already!”