At the behest of two fifth-grade students, a New York school district is considering doing away with homework assignments.
Christopher DeLeon and Niko Keelie at Farley Elementary School in Stony Point, New York started a petition to end homework at their school. The petition gained traction in their district, but, according to WNBC-TV, their idea is part of a larger trend across the country.
In arguing their case to officials with the school district, DeLeon and Keelie said many of their classmates agreed with the proposed homework ban – and the school district did as well, WNBC reported.
"I got stressed by homework a lot, so I just – it took me a minute of thinking: I want to get rid of homework," Keelie told the news station.
Assistant Superintendent Kris Felicello told WNBC the district had already been "rethinking" homework.
"It's really not about banning homework or no homework – it's about rethinking it, and how can we do it different to better the needs of our students," Felicello told the TV station.
School districts nationwide are examining their homework policies, turning to studies that say homework in elementary school doesn't help learning and that too much homework can actually be detrimental.
Indeed, students feel the pressure. DeLeon says too much homework stresses him and his fellows classmates and can cause them to do poorly on tests.
However, parents are concerned the lack of homework will leave their kids with nothing to do all afternoon or that they won't learn as much. Felicello says the opposite could actually be true, and they could learn new things in different ways or be physically active.
"I hope that kids would go home and they would read and they would discover things that they're interested in doing, and go on YouTube and figure out how to play the ukulele, or go and research what's going on with Space X, or talk to their friends or get outside and play," Felicello told WNBC.
The district is considering several options for homework, including allowing parents to ask for homework for their children. Officials hope to have the new policy enacted by the next school year.