School's Plan to Ban Homework Has One Serious Twist

child doing homeworkThe debate over homework has raged on in American homes for the past several years. But the battle is not between the parents and the kids who don't want to do it. Instead, it's parents challenging the system and asking that schools reduce or ban homework altogether. And it looks like one school is well on its way to embracing the no-homework system.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, there definitely is one big catch. If administrators do decide to ban homework, they will have to lengthen the school days. Since parents mostly want homework restrictions so kids can spend more time playing, enjoying their days, and hanging with the family, it could seem like the plan is backfiring.

But the trade-off might just be totally worth it.


The average American parent gets home around 6 p.m. (if they work 9 to 5). So if the school day is extended for kids by just an hour and they're dismissed at 3:30 or 4 p.m., they'll still beat their parents home.

Now, however, when mom and dad get off from work, the kids will be homework-free, stress-free, and available to play and spend the evening with the family. Is that not worth it?

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The main reason teachers assign homework is to gauge how well students have learned a lesson. While it may seem like they're learning during class, testing their comprehension later after they've finished the initial lesson lets the teachers determine how well the material was received. With longer class periods and extended days, teachers would be able to focus more on the lessons and give students more time to understand the material.

And let's not forget: once they're out for the day, the work is done. It doesn't follow them home. Parents don't have to sit with their kids, creating glitter dioramas or trying to solve shockingly difficult math equations. Instead, they can plan other after-school activities, organize outings with the rest of the siblings, or finally have time to have that proper sit-down family dinner.

So as pained as the kids may be to have to endure some extra time in school, the idea of no homework and extra time at home is fairly tough to pass up.

What do you think? Would you prefer a longer school day with no homework or the regular dismissal time with homework?


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