Thursday, 13 December 2018 09:27

NO MORE HOMEWORK

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For years there has been a growing concern that students, especially at the elementary and middle school level are being given too much homework. According to the Wall Street Journal in the most recent study available (2016) high school students spend an average of 7.5 hours a week on homework while grades K-8 averaged 4.7 hours. Some school districts, like Ridgefield Public Schools in Ridgefield, Connecticut and Wayne Township Public Schools in Wayne, New Jersey, are saying that it is just too much time and are restricting the amount of homework teachers can assign or banning it all together. However, the response from parents has been conflicted. Some parents feel that the ban and restrictions are necessary; schools have invaded their home with relentless amounts of work that cut into family time and extracurricular activities. Other parents don't like the ban because they feel that homework allows them to take part in their child's education and helps students learn the material. Arizona it seems has yet to take a stand one way or the other but as the idea continues to spread to other states (New York, Louisiana, Florida, Texas), what may have once been a students dream may one day become a reality.