Last month, a schoolteacher in Texas made headlines when she decided to try “something new” and said she wouldn’t assign homework this academic year.
Her reason? Research had shown that children and families thrive when they’re able to spend more time together — reading, eating meals or even just playing outside — and she had been unable to find data showing that homework actually improved outcomes for kids. A lot of families loved her idea and wished the teachers in their schools felt likewise.
Each school year brings new teachers and new classroom practices, which can mean learning (and then unlearning) new routines, rules and classroom dynamics. Some families have decided to sidestep all of this and customize their children’s learning experience by home schooling.