In April, I wrote about a school in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, which, after eliminating most homework, found that students were more engaged and less tired and teachers were more focused. Now, the County District in which that school is located, Simcoe, just instituted a new district-wide homework policy.
Some of the things that I particularly like about the policy:
- the homework must be differentiated
- teachers must keep to a minimum the number of assignments that are due the following day so as not to interfere with extra curricular activities and “activities that support personal and family wellness”
- homework shouldn’t be due immediately after holidays, significant faith days, or lengthier school breaks (December or March Break)
- group projects must be worked on at school during the school day
And a big congratulations to the principal, Jan Olson of Barrie, Ontario’s Prince of Wales elementary school, who started homework reform in his District.