Some schools are encouraging no homework policies, either restricting the assignment of homework, declaring homework-free days, or completely doing away with home assignments.
In New Jersey, the “no homework” movement is becoming popular with parents in several districts. They believe that restricting or eliminating homework promotes time together with family or encourages young children to pursue their own interests.
While the conventional notions that homework is necessary for young students to get into an academic routine still are prevalent, the movement away from assigning homework is growing.
In 2013, the Hopewell Valley School District limited homework. Students and parents reacted in favor, and the district extended the policy by setting specifi time restrictions.
Homework-free weekends followed in several districts. Last year, Robert Mascenik School #26 in Woodbridge Township emphasized reading over homework. The goal was to eliminate homework that does not have meaning or relevance.
New Jersey is not the only state where the no homework movement is taking hold. Last year a second grade teacher in Godley, Texas sent a note home to parents to say that she would not assign homework since research did not show that there was a benefit for young students. The teacher, Brandy Young, said that it was more important for children to play and get to bed early.
Many parents believe that the no homework approach is a positive direction for early education. Some have found that homework for children as young as kindergarten places unnecessary pressure on students and is actually detrimental.