One of the topics of discussion has been around homework. Students at Global Village Academy-Douglas County spend 7.5 hours at school daily engaged in rigorous academic work across two languages. In addition, it has been an expectation that teachers assign 10 minutes per grade level of homework each night.
In the book, The Case Against Homework, by Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, they conclude that there is almost no evidence that homework helps elementary school students achieve academic success and little more that it helps older students. Yet the nightly burden is taking a serious toll on America's families. It robs children of the sleep, play, and exercise time they need for proper physical, emotional, and neurological development. And it is a hidden cause of the childhood obesity epidemic, creating a nation of "homework potatoes."
Nightly homework battles, reduced play and time away from family is contrary to our values as a school. At GVA-DC, we are committed to using research-based best practices and maximizing learning time in the classroom, so students do not need to continue to do school work at home. Therefore, beginning next year, (except for nightly reading) GVA-DC will have a no-homework policy for grades K-5. For students wanting or needing additional practice, online resources will be provided by classroom teachers to access at home.
We are hopeful that this new policy results in a collective sigh of relief for our families. We will continue to work hard at school every day so that you and your family can play hard every night!
Thank you for partnering with us this year in the education of your child(ren). We are looking forward to a very exciting last two weeks of school. Let's finish strong!!!
Principal, GVA Douglas County