Swampscott Starts ‘No Homework’ Nights

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

SWAMPSCOTT (CBS) – No need to blame the dog for missing homework in Swampscott. The school district has set aside eight days when there will be no homework. “Every night children are pressured, and we wanted to give them a break. We want them to enjoy life,” says Swampscott School Superintendent Lynne Celli.

Parents and students agree. “It’s just like a really fun time to just hang out and do nothing,” says 6th grader Ocean Sweeney. Her parents surprised her by taking her out to dinner and to a salon. “Her being in drama and gymnastics and other extra-curricular activities, it’s kind of a busy schedule, so it’s a nice time to just hang out,” says her mom, Christina Crawley.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

Judy Bevis is one parent who’s especially excited about the new policy. She’s a child psychologist, whose daughter is a sophomore at Swampscott high School. “One thing we know in our children and adolescents is the part of the brain that prioritizes isn’t yet developed. For most people, it doesn’t develop until they’re in their 20’s, and I think that’s what causes most of the stress in our kids.”

Superintendent Celli says it’s part of a holistic approach to education. She says Swampscott is committed to helping children develop not only academically, but also emotionally and socially.

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