TOPIC: Maryland School Gets Rid of Homework: Should More Schools Do the Same?

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It’s September and the kids are back in school. Students are getting used to waking up early, studying, going on field trips, attending extracurricular activities, and doing homework. Actually, scratch off that last part. In a move that might make older generations go “why didn’t my school do that as a kid,” the Gaithersburg Elementary School in Maryland has abolished homework. And no, this was not an early April Fools’ joke on the young students.

According to MyFoxDC.com, Gaithersburg Elementary Principal Stephanie Brant got the OK from her school to eliminate traditional homework [i.e. worksheets] and substitute those assignments with required reading. The principal’s goal is to get about 30 minutes of reading a night from each student. Another unique approach by Gaithersburg Elementary is that students are allowed to go to the library every day, giving them the opportunity to read more books–with a hall pass of course.

While Principal Brant is taking a big risk in this reading only homework policy, the school has seen solid standardized test scores. The old saying is “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it?” Principal Brant’s seems to be “Why not try something different?” So far, so good for Gaithersburg Elementary–and its students.

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