The Homework issue: (I don't get why parents want this??) According to a 2001 review of more than 120 studies of homework and its effects by Professor Harris Cooper of Duke University, the country s leading homework researcher, and his updated 2006 review of an additional sixty studies, there is very little correlation between the amount of homework and achievement in elementary school and only a moderate correlation in middle school. Even in high school, too much homework may diminish its effectiveness or even become counterproductive, . According to a large study by the University of Michigan, family meals are the single strongest predictor of better achievement scores and fewer behavioral problems for children ages three to twelve [Journal of Marriage and the Family, May 2001]. According to the American Psychological Association, typical school children today report more anxiety than did child psychiatric patients in the 1950s [Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, December 2000]. Kids are more sedentary than ever before [Changing Times of American Youth:1981 2003]. So, before you bash a school for their "no homework" policy, please do yours.
The school has a few amazing teachers and is based on an excellent model, however, the no-homework policy is a bit of a challenge. Many students need practice or review to succeed, especially in math and foreign languages, and the school's no-homework policy does not help students in those areas. It also does not make sense to give students one-two study halls per day when teachers are not assigning homework. A few teachers do very well and work students very hard, but I don't think the no-homework/no-need-to-study outside of class approach helps kids prepare for college.
Poor administration, the principal doesn't have an idea of how to adminiteer a school, he has no communication with teachers, neither to parents, he recruited his friends teachers who will not complain about his bad administration, the vice-principal is an anti-open culture administration. So sad our tax money is to pay their salaries. F of failure.
HS2 has an excellent principal. He has a fantastic public relations style, knows his students, relates to the parents and reaches out to the community for support. He has recruited outstanding teachers. The school has been successful in securing support from local organizations and much appreciated grants. HS2 is a fantastic place for my student (who started in 6th grade).
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