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.