Nardin’s New Homework Policy

C. Krabak '19

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The approach of Christmas break marks the dawn of  the holiday season. As the weather gets colder and the last leaves cling to barren branches, students anticipate turkey dinners, spending time with family, and, of course, the first official employment of Nardin’s new homework policy. Instituted this year, the rule states that homework and tests cannot be assigned for the week after any break before the break begins . To gauge the Nardin community’s opinion on the subject, I interviewed some of the faculty and several students.

 

Mrs. Robertson:

“In general, what do you think about the new policy?”

“I think it has some merit. I think that too much homework is going to be bad, but not enough might be bad as well. We have to make sure that it’s in moderation. It’s important to do in moderation so that the work ethic is still there. ”

“Do you think it will be effective in reducing stress?”

“Yes I do. Over breaks I think it’s needed; I think we’ve always had the no homework piece, but now it’s going to be more across the board. The [testing policy] is another component that will alleviate stress because you don’t want to be with your family and friends and be thinking about a test. ”

 

Mr. Coakley:

“In general, what do you think about the new policy?”

“I support it; in fact, I think it should go a little further. I don’t like the idea of homework on the weekends. I don’t think it’s psychologically or intellectually sound to go at the breakneck pace that many of our kids go at.”

“Do you think it will be effective in reducing stress?”

“It will reduce some of it. A lot of the stress I think the students put on themselves because of poor time management. I think that some of you have such high standards for yourselves that you are your own worst critics, therein creating additional stress on yourselves.”

 

Ms. Casper:

“In general, what do you think about the new policy?”

“I think it’s excellent. I don’t think I give a lot of homework as it is, and I’ve always avoided giving homework over breaks. As I’ve said, it’s been my policy for years. This is in keeping with my own philosophy.”

“Do you think it will be effective in reducing stress?”

“I hope so, I absolutely hope so. Everyone needs some down time, and if you’ve got homework hanging over your head it creates stress.”

 

  • Beecher ’21:

“In general, what do you think about the new policy?”

“It’s nice because I get to focus on spending time with my family and relaxing”

“Do you think it will be effective in reducing stress?”

“Yeah, definitely.”

 

  • Szanyi ’20:

“In general, what do you think about the new policy?”

“I like the idea of the new policy but with some of my teachers it’s not being enforced.”

“Do you think it will be effective in reducing stress?”

“To some degree, but then essentially you have less time because everything is due before break.”

 

  • Van Vessem ‘19:

“In general, what do you think about the new policy?”

”I don’t think it’s going to actually happen. I don’t think that the teachers will listen.”

“Do you think it will be effective in reducing stress?”

“No, I’ll still be stressed. I think teachers will overcompensate by having extra homework that’s due before break.”

 

So far, the policy has generally been anticipated positively by the community. Hopefully the rule continues to be received well and will continue to be implemented throughout the year.

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