Park Slope School Says No to Homework
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The school's teachers are hopeful the activities will help parents — many of whom work full time — and children feel enjoy the few hours they have together after school. And the response from families at P.S. 118 has so far been overwhelmingly positive.
“I just love it,” said Carrie McLaren, mom to a third grader. “It acknowledges that what kids come up with on their own when they’re given free time is more beneficial than worksheets and canned lessons. [It] acknowledges what I think the goal of every teacher should be, which is making connections for kids between what goes on in the classroom and their daily life.”
And for anyone thinking the new program lets teachers off the hook, that’s simply not true, says Weeks. The self-directed activities will require the teachers to be more creative in how they respond to their students, in some ways.
“I don’t want parents to think the no homework policy is going to let us off the hook,” Weeks said. “This is going to end up being more work for us.”
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