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Schenectady keeping work in school

Experts divided on true value of homework

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Some Schenectady students’ book bags have gotten a little lighter this year as their teachers have eliminated homework. “I don’t get any, which is awesome,” said Schenectady High School sophomore Amanda Jabonaski. “Teachers don’t believe in it.” Jabonaski said all her work is done in school, which is how she thinks it should be. “You shouldn’t have to do homework outside of school. You should be able to rest and chill,” she said. The merits ...

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safny
December 23, 2012
6:52 a.m.

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Is this for real? One of the main issues with this no homework policy is that it in NO WAY prepares kids who might go to college. They don't have a no homework policy there. And they do not collect it every day to see what you're doing - you are on your own. Also, if there are children who need a place to do homework - make one for them. How about the library? How about the school's library? After school study hall with tutoring? In college you have to spend a lot of time reading on your own. And in the rest of life, it's not all about chilling and relaxing. What exactly is this supposed to help kids with? A misapprehension of real life??

birmy
December 23, 2012
7:58 a.m.

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If a high percentage of students are not doing the homework, failing courses because they are not doing the homework and/or skipping detention that was assigned to them because they did not do the homework IT IS TIME TO FIND A BOOK THAT HAS RESEARCH SHOWING DO NOT ASSIGN HOMEWORK TO STUDENTS AS IT WIDENS THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP BETWEEN STUDENTS WHO COME FROM WEALTHY HOUSEHOLDS AND STUDENTS WHO COME FROM LOWER WEALTH HOUSEHOLDS.

manjoe
December 23, 2012
8:23 a.m.

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We wouldn't want to deprive our children of the time they need to play violent video games!

hodgkins.t
December 23, 2012
9:32 a.m.

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Significantly longer school days and years would be a better solution to closing the achievement gap.

JIMOCONNOR
December 23, 2012
10:43 a.m.

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In the last 111 days, the Gazette has given more print space to Schenectady City Schools than it has over the past 111 years.

riverrat346531
December 23, 2012
1:57 p.m.

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Nothing like setting these kids up for failure. And they wonder why parents don't want their kids in the Schenectady school system. My daughters a senior in Schalmont and has a scholarship already in place, and knows the value of homework and studying. This attitude is exactly why I wouldn't consider buying a house in Schenectady. If the kids want to be failures Schenectady will help them. The city has done nothing but go in the toliet since I grew up there. So sad.

safny
December 23, 2012
2:41 p.m.

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Check out the article in today's NY Times on the web about the difficulty of closing the "achievement gap" and succeeding in college.

rpterry
December 23, 2012
7:49 p.m.

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Sorry,Schalmont parent, but the education at Schenectady HS is way beyond anything available at Schalmont. Sch'dy students win scholarships,too.

riverrat346531
December 23, 2012
9:30 p.m.

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Oops.... sorry. Schenectady is a GREAT school and I'm so sorry my daughter can't go to school there. Yes, that's sarcasm.

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