NJ's Great Big Homework Debate
- Nov. 1, 2017
-- Bergen Mama, the largest website for moms in Bergen County, NJ reaching over 40,000 moms directly (includes email subscribers and social media followers) plus over 80,000 page views per month and more visiting BergenMama.com on a monthly basis in addition to that. The targeted audience of over 95% Bergen moms with kids between ages of 0 to 18.
Bergen Mama publishes an article on the Great Big Homework Debate
! They have asked their readers to weigh in with their opinion on Bergen Mama's Facebook page. This has become a great debate in the state of NJ. Some teachers and schools have started programs and ideas that are gaining traction around the state.
In Bergen County, NJ parents of high schoolers, report between two and four hours of work a night and say that the work doesn't end on the weekends. Add in the all-important extracurricular activities that often keep kids away from home until the early evening hours, and students are sacrificing sleep and family time in order to keep all the balls in the air.
High school teachers are foregoing traditional homework in favor of curriculum-related games and review websites. Results are mixed. More motivated students (the ones who would probably also do the homework) are utilizing these tools but for others, it's still a struggle. Across the country, some schools have gone to a mandatory study hour at the end of the school day in which homework can be completed with access to the teachers. Even better, kids can head to after-school activities with some of the stress of homework lifted from their shoulders.
So, does homework do any good? Teachers and parents say yes. In small, manageable amounts. Plus, ask many administrators, and they will tell you that part of the reason they keep giving homework is that parents demand it. It seems that though parents don't love the process of getting homework done, parents could feel as if kids' education isn't complete without it.
Parents have a great deal to say on this subject. Check out Bergen Mama's Facebook page for the latest on The Great Big Homework Debate: https://www.facebook.com/bergenmama/