Target: Kevin Laverty, Executive Committee Vice Chair of the Washington State Board of Education
Goal: Greatly decrease the amount of homework given to primary school children.
Students are burdened with hours of homework each night despite the fact that many educational experts, including prominent author Alfie Kohn, claim that homework has no academic benefit. Instead of furthering their education, homework causes anxiety, depression, and other mood disturbances among young children. As these mood disturbances occur more frequently, academic achievement declines.
The mounds of homework given to young children not only causes a decline in academic achievement, but it also causes an increase in family conflict, no doubt also due to the mood disturbances homework can cause. Extra burden is also placed on parents who often are unable to help their children with homework in subjects such as math and science. Teachers also feel the pressure when they add papers to grade and assignments to hand out to their everyday tasks.
When students have so much homework forced upon them, they often end up without the drive to learn, which causes them to be less successful in school. Instead, children and parents should be encouraged to spend time doing other activities such as reading together, playing games and sports, doing art projects, and eating dinner at the table together. Sign the petition below to ask our educators to stop assigning crippling amounts of homework and allow kids to be kids.
Dear Mr. Laverty,
Primary school students are unduly burdened with vast amounts of homework that not only disrupts their childhood but also gives no proven academic advantage. Instead it causes anxiety and depression in young, impressionable children. Parents and teachers are also burdened with homework as most parents are not capable of helping their children with their homework, and teachers spend extra hours grading papers and creating assignments.
Children deserve to have a childhood and they are often unable to do so at such a young age. They need the freedom to learn who they are by playing with other children and trying out new tasks. They need to have a happy family life, which the stress of homework often hinders.
Instead of spending hours on homework each night, primary school children should be encouraged to spend time doing other activities such as reading, playing games and sports, doing art projects, and eating dinner together with their family. I implore you to fight for our children’s youth and put an end to homework in primary schools in Washington State.
[Your Name Here]
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