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No Homework Initiative working well at Fruithurst Elementary

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FRUITHURST — As a former teacher who spent 11 years in the classroom, I always assigned homework to my students, no matter the grade level. As an administrator, I have always expected my teachers to assign homework, no matter the grade level.

I recently questioned those decisions and spent a lot of time researching the benefits, or the lack of benefits, of homework for children. When I shared my research, I was met with backlash from some people, especially educators. Imagine that. These were people of the mindset that “we have always had homework, therefore we must always have homework.” My answer was, “Just because it is something we have always done, doesn’t make it something that is right.”

Cristy Hiett is principal at Fruithurst Elementary School in Cleburne County.