Gaithersburg Elementary School has abolished homework. Instead, students are being asked to read a book for about 30 minutes a night.
When Stephanie Brant came aboard as principal two years ago, she and her staff conducted a review of homework assignments.
“We really started evaluating the work that we sent students home with,” explained Principal Brant. “We started looking, and really, it was a lot of worksheets. And the worksheets didn’t match what we were doing instructionally in the classroom. It was just: we were giving students something because we felt we had to give them something.”