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P.S. 116, an elementary school in Manhattan, made the bold decision last month to stop assigning homework to students. The public school is encouraging kids to play and spend time with family instead of practicing their studies during their time at home. After receiving word from Principal Jane Hsu, many parents are threatening to pull their kids out of the school.
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Hsu wrote in her letter, "The topic of homework has received a lot of attention lately, and the negative effects of homework have been well established." She mentioned that students are frustrated and exhausted by their at-home assignments, and her biggest point was that young kids lose interest in learning when they are forced to do work outside of class.
Despite Hsu's assurance that the School Leadership Team responsible for the change analyzed the importance of homework to pre-K through fifth grade students, parents fear that their children will not learn enough. But the Department of Education spokesman for the city stated that there is no explicit homework policy, so principals and teachers can assign work at their own discretion.
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Hsu said toDNAinfo, "We are excited that we are redefining the landscape of homework–but we are certainly not eliminating homework." She's encouraging teachers to tell their students to read a book they enjoy, play with their siblings or spend time doing things other than watching TV as a "homework" assignment.
Though Hsu's decision was backed by many, some still do not agree that it will benefit their children. "They didn't have much to begin with, but now homework is obsolete," Daniel Tasman, father of a second-grader at P.S. 116, said.
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