No Homework, No Problems



Every student’s dream is to have a night with absolutely no homework. The administration made the students’ dream come true by starting a pilot project where teachers are not allowed to assign homework on
certain days.

The no homework days are part of a pilot program for this semester introduced by Pinewood President Scott Riches. Before initiating the pilot, Riches brought the idea to an administrative group in order to decide how it would be structured and carried out. To start, there will be four days this semester where teachers are not allowed to assign homework. Two of the no homework days happened in early March and the other two are scheduled to be in April.

“The plan is to have two times per semester where students don’t have homework, in one way it is to give them a night off and in another way it is to promote spirit events,” Principal Mark Gardner said.

In order to keep classes in sync, the no homework nights will take place in blocks of two days. So in total, students will have two rotations of class free of homework.

The no-homework nights are chosen around spirit events in hopes of increasing the attendance and school spirit. In February, the nights are scheduled on the CCS semifinals games for basketball, and in April, the nights off allow students to go to the college fair and the opening night of “The
Addams Family.”

The goal is to have all high school and junior high teachers follow the no-homework pilot. However, the AP teachers get to decide if they can afford to give up a night of homework. Especially during the April no homework days, it might be hard for AP teachers not to assign review work because it will be so close to the AP test date. The no homework pilot also benefits the teachers by giving them a night off or a decreased
amount of grading.

“I am really excited to have two nights off and enjoy life,” junior Akayla Hackson said.

The student body is excited about this new pilot, but some are concerned that the teachers may compensate for the lost night of homework and assign more homework the next time. Riches and Gardner acknowledge this possibility but have strongly encouraged teachers to refrain from assigning an excessive amount of homework. Riches says this is one reason the no homework days is just a pilot.

“We are experimenting with it and want to get the students’ reactions,” Riches said.

At the end of the semester, the pilot will be assessed based on the students’ and teachers’ reactions. Riches hopes for there to be at least four no homework days in the first semester of the next school year.