SPRINGFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – Now that students have settled into their classrooms, it’s likely that their backpacks have been put to use, hauling books and the first of this year’s assignments. At a growing number of schools across the U.S., those backpacks have been going home empty.
No-homework policies have been going into effect, as some teachers begin relying less on after-school assignments to support learning. The Parent Teacher Association recommends a 10-minute rule for homework assignments. For every year the student spends in school, add 10 minutes to their work. For example, a second grader would sit down for 20 minutes of work; a sixth grader should spend an hour.
But it takes many students way longer than that. Many homework-free families in these experimenting districts simply want more time together, without the text books.
Salvatore Pellegrino told 22 News how long we spends doing homework assignments.
“An hour or two a night, three or four hours a night is excessive. I think that school really does take up a lot of time. It’s important, but you also need a balance in your life,” he said.
One school in Norridge, Illinois assigns homework, but it doesn’t count towards the student’s final grade. In Rockville, Maryland, students are just encouraged to read for a half hour every night.
Blair Booth, a college student in western Massachusetts told 22 News she felt it helped her stay on track throughout the years. “I don’t think they should get rid of it, I think it’s good for the learning process. If you go home and forget everything there’s no way to prepare you for a test or class the next day,” she said.
In a recent NBC poll, more than 80-percent of those surveyed complained their students are assigned too much homework.