School In NY Has Parents Up in Arms Over New Rule: No Homework
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You read that right. In this high stakes environment where kids are expected to do homework every night of the week beginning with Kindergarten, a principal in New York is calling for no homework.

P.S. 116 on East 33rd Street have stopped assigning take-home math worksheets and essays, and are instead encouraging students to read books and spend time with their family, according to a letter the school’s principal, Jane Hsu, sent to parents last month.

Hsu says his school spent over a year “analyzing studies focused on the effects of traditional homework” and decided that it was more important for the Pre-K through fifth grade students to do activities that “have been proven to have a positive impact on student academic performance and social/emotional development” such as reading at their own pace and playing.

“In fact, you may be surprised to learn that there have been a variety of studies conducted on the effects of homework in the elementary grades and not one of them could provide any evidence that directly links traditional homework practices with current, or even future, academic success.”

Hsu goes on to explain that homework isn’t necessarily a good thing for grammar school children. There is no overwhelming evidence that homework helps to get students ahead or garner higher test scores.

Parents are worried that their children aren’t learning enough and are threatening to pull their children out of P.S. 116.

I have a suggestion for these parents. Come to my district, all the way across the country, where you will see that children as young as 5, have homework every night of the week and it takes anywhere from a half hour to 3 to 4 hours a night.  See the tears and frustration, the lack of real family time, the diminishing childhoods and frustrated parents who don’t have the patience to try to figure out the “new math.”

Then go back to principal Hsu and argue your position against quality family time and beg for more worksheets.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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