For the first time in ten years, the Board of Education in Kingston is considering revising the school district’s homework policy. Our Alexandra Weishaupt tells us why the district thinks a new policy is needed.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- It’s a newly drafted policy in progress. The Kingston city school board is looking at a new homework policy. It’s the first time revisions have been made in ten years.
“The kids should be going home with more constructive homework,” said Board of Education Trustee James Michael.
Michael says ineffective homework assignments coupled with the declining graduation rate prompted the need for some adjustment.
“Kids are not graduating and we thought maybe that’s part of the problem, so we thought let’s start from the classroom and we’ll take it from there,” said Michael.
This new policy has been years in the making. The board of education was given input from teachers and parents within the community.
“One of the things that we want to stress is that no child should fail on the basis of homework alone,” said Board of Education Vice President Nora Scherer.
Scherer says the board is encouraging families to create a home setting that’s conducive to study. She adds it’s acceptable for parents to help their children with homework, but they shouldn’t do it for them.
“If they do the homework for the children, they rob the children of the opportunity to demonstrate their skills,” said Scherer.
The proposed policy includes the amount of time students should spend on assignments, how much homework should be handed out and how teachers should facilitate it.
“It’s a good rule to give about ten minutes worth of homework per grade level in total. By the time they get to the twelfth grade, they should be doing about two hours of homework a night because it’s good preparation for college,” said Scherer.
The policy is on the school district’s website for anyone who wants to take a look at it and provide their feedback on it. The school board could adopt the policy as soon as December 5th.