Palo Alto School District Eliminates Homework Over Winter Break

According to, the School Board in Palo Alto, California, approved a proposal to ban homework over the 2009-2010 winter break. Students will be surveyed in January, 2010, to see whether the ban was successful.

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  1. Liz Ditz says:

    This school has banned homework

    ” When the school days ends, 10th-grader Claudia Tomas usually leaves all of her books at school. At MCA Academy, a small private school in Coconut Grove, there is a ”virtual no homework” policy.

    The school’s founder, Brigitte Kishlar, believes that by eliminating homework and ending the school day at 2 p.m., students will have time to develop other skills, such as arts and athletics.

    ”During these years, they can discover so many things,” said Kishlar, who opened the school in the fall of 2006. “I wish every child to one day discover a passion.”

    For Claudia, free afternoons mean she now has time to practice piano. She hopes to be a professional pianist when she is older.

    ”Before, I didn’t have time for my [piano] studies. Too much homework,” said, Claudia, 14, who lives in Hialeah.

    As the director of the Miami Conservatory of Music, Brigitte Kishlar saw first-hand the toll that traditional schools were having on Claudia and the conservatory’s 200 other student musicians.

    ”I met everyday so many parents coming in with all these students swamped with homework — not kids anymore,” she said.”

    November 12th, 2008 at 9:12 pm
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