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Principal Shares Results of Putting End To Useless Homework

By Victor Trammell

Imagine a school where a progressive education-loving principal wanted to require the teachers at her institution to do away with what she called “meaningless homework.”

In Cambridge, Massachusetts, such a school exists and a principal is leading that school toward abandoning some traditional processes for assigning homework to primary school children. Cambridgeport School is about to perform outside the box, according to The Washington Post.

Parents across the country often deal with the tedious nuances of managing how their children perform on homework assignments after coming home from school every evening. Many of them complain of the lack of feedback they get from teachers and the minuscule nature of the work.

Journalist Valerie Strauss of The Post recently reported that Katie Charner-Laird,  the Cambridgeport School principal had an op-ed of hers published on the website of a non-profit organization called the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

In Charner-Laird’s op-ed, which was republished with permission by The Post on March 18th, she talks about her feelings of sympathy for parents who were dissatisfied with the process of how their children were assigned homework at school.

Charner-Laird began her mission to deconstruct the traditional homework process at Cambridgeport School around two years ago. She wanted to make the new process less complicated and take away the strain placed on parents.

In 2014, I found myself in one too many meetings with discontent parents talking about homework.  Some parents felt the homework was not meaningful,” Charner-Laird wrote.

“Others were upset because they felt there was not enough feedback from teachers. Still, other parents wanted teachers to be individualizing homework more,” she continued. At the end of that school year, Charner-Laird became committed to forming a partnership with parents.

“We would spend some time as a staff, before the next school year started, articulating our beliefs and approach to homework, and develop what some might call a homework policy,” she also wrote.

The following school year resulted in positive feedback about the new policy from the parents of children at all grade levels. For more information and a step by step guide on how to transition your children and family to homeschooling, visit:



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