Last fall, Christophe DeLeon, a fifth-grader at Farley Elementary School in Stony Point, and his best friend, Nikolas Keeley, began a petition asking that the school do away with homework. Stony Point is about 36 miles north of New York City.
“I get stressed out a lot when I do it,” said Christopher. “I would literally cry. Math worksheets are usually what break me down.”
For Nikolas, it wasn’t so much about the work as it was about actually finding the time to do it after classes let out each day.
After school-activities, like his acting classes, affect whether he can complete assignments and he said he’s often late to those obligations since he’s trying to get homework done.
“I understand the work, but there’s just too little time,” he said of the 30 minutes worth of assignments he received each day.
For the older kids, it’s much worse, Christopher said.
His older sister, who attends North Rockland High School, spends upwards of two hours each night completing assignments, he said.
Now, officials at North Rockland Central School District are exploring whether to limit — or even eliminate — traditional homework assignments and expect to have new guidelines in place by the 2019-20 school year
A recommendation is expected to be issued to the school board by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
“When we started the ‘no homework’ thing, I never thought we’d get this far,” Christopher said during an interview May 23. “We have been sitting in on meetings, talking about how things are and now we’re being interviewed by the newspaper. I’ve probably learned more doing this than doing homework.”
Edited by MacCionoadha BeanSidhe, 05 June 2018 - 01:20 AM.