I just learned from Christine Hendricks, the principal of Grant Elementary School in Glenrock, Wyoming, that her school, which implemented a no-homework practice in September, is going to continue its practice for the foreseeable future. After a trial run, and surveying the parents, Hendricks shared her findings with the School Board. Among other things, the survey found that children had more time to play, sleep, read, and eat dinner with their families and spent less time watching TV. Children also had an improved attitude towards going to school and parents found themselves in fewer conflicts with their children.
Here’s the School’s report on its no-homework practice:
Homework Survey Summary
Grant Elementary School
After much thought and collaboration from the staff, Grant Elementary decided to take a bold step. We decided to implement the No Homework practice. A letter was drafted and sent home to parents explaining our decision. Here’s the letter.
During Parent/Teacher conferences, we asked parents to complete a survey concerning our newly implemented practice. A total of 72 parents responded. The results are as follows:
A.) 59 surveys were returned that parents liked the No Homework practices this year.
Of these 59 surveys the following numbers indicate parents felt an increase or improvement by not having homework.
• 45 surveys reported an increase played outside
• 41 surveys reported increase dinner with the family
• 36 surveys reported increase going to bed early
• 22 surveys reported improvements limited television, video and computer time
• 49 surveys reported increase reading at home
• 40 surveys reported less conflicts with your child
• 43 surveys reported improvement better attitude towards school
B.) 13 surveys were returned that parents do not like our homework practices.
Even though these surveys don’t like our homework practices they still reported there was an increase or improvement in the following:
• 2 surveys reported an increase played outside
• 2 surveys reported increase dinner with the family
• 3 surveys reported increase going to bed early
• 2 surveys reported improvements limited television, video and computer time
• 3 surveys reported increase reading at home
• 6 surveys reported less conflicts with your child
• 2 surveys reported improvement better attitude towards school
Due to the overwhelming positive feedback from the surveys, the general consensus feels that the no homework policy seem to be working well in promoting positive family time in the evenings. Children are reading more and have a better attitude towards school. Homework is still provided for those students who are making choices in the classroom to not complete work or if parents are requesting it. One concern was that homework helps parents know what is going on in the classroom, a possible solution might be a weekly or monthly newsletter home to parents. Overall the consensus from the surveys was very positive. We will continue to implement the No Homework practice and monitor the success of our practice.