Parents outraged as New York elementary school bans homework, encourages kids to play instead

A Manhattan elementary school is getting rid of traditional homework and telling kids to play, read books and spend time with their families instead. The hope is that kids will be more excited about learning.

According to a letter from the school that was sent home to parents last month, traditional homework causes frustration and exhaustion, lack of time for other activities and family time and, sadly for many, loss of interest in learning."

The letter also stated that after a year of research, it is proven to have a positive impact on student academic performance and social/emotional development.

A Department of Education spokesman said the city does not have an overarching homework policy, so principals and teachers can use their discretion in assigning homework.

Still, the policy has outraged some parents, who are now threatening to pull their kids out of the school.


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