Table the hike in homework

By From page A6 | February 21, 2013

In response to the article on the Davis school district’s homework policy, I’d like to express my disappointment that the district is considering an increase in the amount of K-6 homework time without a comprehensive implementation and evaluation of the policy that was enacted in 2010. A committee appointed by then-Superintendent James Hammond spent more than a year developing the revised policy. To declare it a failure without putting it fully into effect and without comprehensively assessing its effectiveness makes little sense.

The 10-minute time increase under consideration may seem small, but homework times refer to the abilities of an average student. A student having trouble with the subject matter might need 30 or 40 minutes to complete that 10-minute increase. That’s a long time for the younger kids to stay focused.

I urge the trustees to table the planned increase and look instead at giving the existing policy a fair shake first.

Jim Frame


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