Elementary School Ditches Homework for More Playtime
Parents are outraged after the principal of a New York City elementary school decided to do away with homework assignments and encourage children to play instead.
In a letter sent home to parents last month, Jane Hsu, principal of P.S. 116, announced that teachers would stop giving take-home math worksheets and essays. Instead students are urged to play, read books and spend more time with their families.
"There have been a variety of studies conducted on the effects of homework in the elementary grades and not one of them could provide any evidence that directly links traditional homework practices with current, or even future, academic success," Hsu wrote.
Many parents are upset, saying that they fear their children won't be able to keep up in the classroom later on.
Child psychologist Dr. Susan Lipkins and former teacher Whitney Neal appeared on "Fox and Friends Weekend" to weigh in on this homework-less approach to teaching.
Lipkins said it's an "absolutely fabulous idea," explaining that playtime helps kids learn the information they received during the day, in addition to teaching social and emotional skills.
Neal disagreed, saying that kids bringing work home gives parents an idea of what's going on in the classroom and how their child is doing.
"I firmly believe that reasonable amounts of homework ... is not going to hurt children," Neal said.
Watch the clip above.