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Upstate schools reevaluate homework policies

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Files. (August 23, 2016 FOX Carolina) Files. (August 23, 2016 FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

"This has been a debate over decades," said Alison Hague with the Sylvan Learning Center in Greenville. To give homework, or not give homework, that is the question.

"We've looked at many countries around the world and tried to decide whether we should do homework or we shouldn't," said Hague. She is the director of the sylvan learning center and said there are varying opinions. 

"Homework gives them the opportunity to really think about what it was they learned that day," she said, as well as there are cons. "We all know homework is stressful, it raises the anxiety level of the children," said Hague.

She also said homework, puts pressure on some parents,  and said there are debates over that as well, and how much helping they should do. "Today we're finding that parents can't help in some regards," she said.

A note sent out by Texas teacher, Brandy Young, has continued to fuel the conversation over homework. Reading quote, "I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that correlate with students success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early."

"We're not trying to say no homework, we're saying that the homework that should be presented should be something that promotes the learning from the day," said David O'Sheilds. 

O'Shields is the Superintendent for Laurens County 56, and said their district has reevaluated their policy on homework. "It's something that is still beneficial, but it's not something that is that routine worksheet where you go and you say, well I have to complete 1-50, and doing 1-50, the teachers going to check it the next morning," he said.

O'Shields said the preference for their district, is to choose something the child will do, and can do, for instance reading. "The thing that we want to do is ensure that the child is the ultimate possessor of the learning, and that the child is receiving that."

In Greenville County, the district has also changed their policies. "Education has moved to really an engaged model where students are working on projects, they're working collaboratively, and all that takes place best, within the school walls," said Lisa Wells, the School Board Chairman.

Wells said teachers want to give homework when it's necessary, and when practice at home is needed. "We really want to do our best to engage students every minute of the day when they're in the classroom and then allow them that freedom when they get home, for their family to make choices about what they're going to be involved in."

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