The kids of Katy ISD won’t have homework six nights over the course of the school year starting next month, thanks to a new district policy encouraging more family time.
Students and parents in the suburban school district in Houston lobbied for the no-homework nights during meetings they had with Katy Superintendent Lance Hindt, according to a Houston Chronicle story. Those are nights when teachers will be “dissuaded” from assigning homework, and instead kids can spend that time with their families.
Katy ISD isn’t the first district to start questioning the amount of homework that students are given on a daily basis. Schools and teachers are also looking into it after a rise in complaints from parents “that students are over-worked and stressed out by increasingly demanding course loads,” according to the Chronicle article.
Last year, for example, a teacher in Godley, Texas, south of Fort Worth, earned national praise for her no-homework policy. She wanted her students to go home each night and do “things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early,” as she wrote in a letter introducing parents to the policy last year.
Studies have explored whether homework helps or hurts young students and — as with many issues in life — don’t offer a clear-cut solution. But they do suggest that perhaps Katy ISD is onto something.