The elementary school students of P.S. 116 on East 33rd Street don’t have to worry about the drudgery of homework anymore — their teachers have simply stopped assigning it.
Instead, teachers are encouraging students to spend more quality time with family and reading books, reported DNAInfo.com on Thursday.
“The topic of homework has receive a lot of attention lately, and the negative effects of homework have been well established,” wrote the school’s principal, Jane Hsu, in a letter to parents last month.
What are those negative effects? According to Hsu, they include “children’s frustration and exhaustion, lack of time for other activities and family time and, sadly for many, loss of interest in learning.”
It may come as no surprise, though, that some parents are displeased by the new policy — so displeased they may even take their kids out of the school.
That’s the case with Daniel Tasman, whose daughter is a second-grader at the school. He said he’d been thinking about taking his daughter out of the school for a while and the no homework policy had pushed him over the edge.
“I think they should have homework – some of it is about discipline,” Tasman told DNAInfo.com
For their part, school officials said the decision to do away with homework came about after a committee did some research and found “no link between elementary school homework and success in school.”
Principal Hsu defended the policy, saying the school was excited to be “redefining the landscape of homework.”
“We look forward to seeing the positive impact our newly-designed homework options will have on our students and their families,” she told DNAinfo.com.