Elementary school nixes homework

Instead of assigning homework, teachers at Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland are asking students to spend 30 minutes a night reading, Fox 5 reports. After conducting a review of work students were sent home with, Principal Stephanie Brant and her staff concluded the majority of assignments were worksheets that did not relate to what students were studying in the classroom.

“It was just: we were giving students something because we felt we had to give them something,” Brant told the station.

The principal, who joined the school’s staff two years ago, procured permission from the school district to abolish homework in favor of reading time. Most parents support the no-homework policy. Luz Gomez, whose son is a third-grader at the school, told Fox 5: “When [my son] comes home, he has relaxing time. And I think kids need that relaxing time.” The Washington Examiner reports that elsewhere, in Vienna, Va., Cunningham Park Elementary School instituted a “Homework Bill of Rights” that prevents teachers from grading homework and assigning it over weekends or holidays…

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