June 28, 2011 11:01 by Nina
Students are unanimously cheering in one New Jersey district after hearing their administrators are considering a ban on homework during weekends and holidays. The initiative comes after numerous recommendations from district officials to alleviate students of homework inundation.
Never formally discussed, the idea to ban homework over weekends and holiday vacations in Galloway Township, NJ has caused quite the stir. In conjunction with the supervisors of curriculum, the district’s superintendent has also recommended a formula for nightly homework, no more than 10 minutes multiplied by the student’s grade level. For example, an 8th grader should be assigned no more than 80 minutes of homework per night, with no more than 2 hours at the peak of their high school careers, Monday through Thursday.
Although homework would not be due on a Monday, students could still elect to work on a project or study for an upcoming test in their free time.
With the intention to relieve the intensity of homework while increasing the meaningfulness, administrators have stressed that teachers spread out major assignments for a consistent workload.
How do you think your school’s faculty, students and their parents would react to a similar initiative in your district? Share your thoughts with us on the School Announcement blog.