The school board for the Princeton Public Schools passed a resolution last night banning homework for both the winter and spring breaks for this academic year.
“It’s about time!” was the reaction from many parents in the district, who agreed that students need a true break from school work during major holidays.
The resolution points out that the winter and spring holiday breaks are the only two extended periods during the academic year that allow time other activities like creative pursuits and travel.
“When homework or projects are designed and deadlines are assigned in a way that requires students to work on or substantially complete them during the holiday breaks, students and their families are deprived of the unstructured time they need and deserve to pursue these other, equally important life activities,” reads the resolution. “Similarly, when tests or quizzes are scheduled for the first several days of school immediately following the holiday break, students are required to spend their holiday breaks studying rather than pursuing other important life activities.”
Superintendent of Schools Steve Cochrane is launching a district-wide examination of homework policies and practices with the goals of enhancing the educational goals of homework and promoting student wellness and balance.
“The Board encourages the Superintendent to continue to work with district teachers and administrators to identify other ways to ensure that homework enhances both learning and balance for our students,” reads the resolution.
The West Windsor-Plainsboro School Board was the first district in the area to adopt a no-homework-over-breaks policy.