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Should kids have homework? The great debate.
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After Senn High School student Davion Holmes was named captain of the football team, and won a spot on the varsity basketball team, too, the lifelong athlete dreamed of spending his junior year competing on the court and gridiron with his friends and teammates. But the COVID pandemic proved to be a formidable rival, crushing the athletic seasons for both sports at the Chicago high school. Nearly one year after the arrival of the COVID pandemic, students across Chicago and the suburbs say when it comes to high school, the thrill is gone, with simple pleasures such as huddling with friends in the hallways and catching up over lunch in the cafeteria displaced by a dystopian landscape of remote learning and virtual extracurriculars. Some high schools outside of Chicago have reopened classrooms to offer limited in-person instruction, but student attendance overall has been abysmal. Many teens have concluded that as everything they cherished about high school is now forbidden, they might as well get some extra sleep, and sign on to remote learning from their bedrooms. After 11 months of remote learning, and what many teens describe as the soul-crushing disappointment of canceled after-school activities, experts say a burgeoning number of teens — some of whom have never before faced mental health issues — are now struggling with anxiety and depression due to heightened levels of stress and social isolation.
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The answer, experts say, is complicated. But others say homework has little to do with academic achievement in elementary school and can get in the way of other life experiences like spending time with family and much needed downtime for often over-scheduled kids. However, if the homework has a clear purpose to all involved — parents, teachers and students — the child can benefit. While the benefits of homework continue to be debated, there are clear camps on each side: Some tout an often cited minutes-per-grade-level - per-day standard, while others shun homework altogether. Education consultant James Gray instituted a no-homework policy at Hamilton Elementary School in Lakeview four years ago when he was principal of the Chicago public school.
Usually, school board elections garner as much attention as a lecture on the life and times of Cyrus McCormick. He invented the reaper. Since , turnout in local elections has dropped across the Chicago suburban landscape. In Kane County in April , turnout in local elections dipped to a nadir of 9. In McHenry County, even worse — 9.