Less homework in public schools?
Thu Jan 31 2008
Public school kids might be able to leave some of those back pain-inducing textbooks in the classroom if City Councilman Peter Vallone’s bill to limit homework is passed. Based on the idea that “kids deserve to be kids,” the bill Vallone, who represents Queens, is introducing to the council today limits homework to ten minutes per grade, according to The New York Sun. So, second-graders would receive 20 minutes of homework a night, fourth-graders 40 minutes and so on, until students reached high school.
Vallone argued that his own kids (who attend public school) are so entrenched in work they can’t even go outside and play. Would less homework really mean more exercise for kids and more outside time? It seems obvious that second-graders shouldn’t be getting two hours of homework a night, but the older children get, the more important and time consuming outside-of-the-classroom education becomes. If there is only an hour of homework a night for sixth-graders, are they going to be prepared enough for high school and college? Are they going to have the same discipline to complete assignments?
Although kids do deserve to be kids, what does limited homework mean in terms of state test scores and education in general? Do you think it will hinder students in the long run? What role will limited homework play in a public school system that already has problems and other issues with education?