Petition To Ban Homework

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These are just a few of the benefits that administrators and staff in the Verona Public School District are expecting as they try out a new concept for 2019: "homework-free weekends." It's not quite a total ban yet.

These are just a few of the benefits that administrators and staff in the Verona Public School District are expecting as they try out a new concept for 2019: "homework-free weekends." It's not quite a total ban yet.

The "wellness weekends" are designed to take some of the pressure off students and have them spend more time with their families, administrators said.

"While wellness weekends do not include homework, we hope they are far more than just a weekend without homework," Superintendent Mark Toback said.

The homework policies and recommendations inspired by their petition still need some fine-tuning but are expected to be implemented in the fall of 2019.

Even though he's just a fifth grader, 11-year-old Ben Berrafato is challenging - seriously challenging - one of this country's most enduring and widely held beliefs: The belief that kids need homework."Where has it been proven, in these many centuries of this work, that it has been good for anyone? Ben's crusade against homework began with a simple assignment, CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman reports.

Maybe they'll support an important cause in the community.

Or maybe they'll simply spend the time reconnecting with their family and friends.According to a recent school advisory: "We are happy to announce that on Feb.1 and May 17, all schools and teachers in the Verona Public Schools will support two homework-free weekends…For English class at New Lane Elementary in Selden, N. So every school in America has been illegally run for the past 143 years."On a whim, Ben sent a copy of his essay to the New York Daily News."And I got like this humongous section of the op-ed page," he said. his principal."You know, a famous historian once said, 'I may not agree with what you say, but I'll defend to the death you're right to say it,'" the principal said. Y., Ben had to write about something he was passionate about - and since Ben hates homework he wrote about that. Part of his essay reads: "Homework is assigned to students like me without our permission. Slavery was abolished with the passing of the 13th Amendment to the U. It then circulated on the Internet, Ben started doing talk shows, and a monster was born. "When it is brought home in a backpack, it causes problems."For teachers and school administrators, Ben's whole argument borders on blasphemy. Students are gathering signatures to lessen their homework load. (CBSNew York) – There’s an unusual petition circulating in Rockland County. I learned that a long time ago in homework and I've forgotten it."Ben says she just proved his point right there."If you're going to do homework then forget what it is, then why even do it? Of course, now he's probably got homework and detention."It's an interesting thought," the principal said. To paraphrase what Patrick Henry actually said: Give me liberty from homework or give him … VERONA, NJ — Maybe Verona's public school students will get into a meaningful conversation that will help shape their life.Certainly most would dismiss it as wishful propaganda - if not for the simple fact that the kid may be right."He's really onto something here," said Nancy Kalish, who co-authored a book called "The Case Against Homework.""As he pointed out, there is almost zero connection, correlation between homework and any type of achievement in elementary school," Kalish said. "As far as possible.""I have a petition and I'm going to try and get a law abolishing homework," he said. In researching his essay, Kalish says Ben really did his homework, so to speak, citing the very latest studies."Kids who do 60 to 90 minutes of homework in middle school and over two hours in high school actually do worse than average in standardized tests," his essay read.


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