I'm disappointed to see Menlo Park school officials backpedal on the District's homework "ban."
It seems to me they have a thoughtful and well-reasoned policy on limiting homework for young children.
As the mother of a future Oak Knoll kindergartner, I wasn't aware of the homework policy until I saw it on the news. After reading Principal Ackerman's letter Web Link
I am even more pleased to be sending my child to Oak Knoll.
I'm sure that the school gets plenty of grief about the policy from pushy parents with an eye to their first-grader's ivy league college applications, but personally, I am this close to sending Ackerman a fruit basket and a thank-you note.
By the way, I think the Alfie Kohn book he's quoting is "The Homework Myth." (Read about it here Web Link but buy it at Kepler's!)