Jane Hsu, principal of  P.S. 116 on East 33rd Street, probably has a lot more young friends than she does adult ones. That's because last month, she issued a letter to parents saying teachers would stop assigning their elementary-age students take-home math worksheets and essays, and instead encourage students to read books and spend time with their family.

As reported in DNAinfo's newsletter, the letter reads in part: "The topic of homework has received a lot of attention lately, and the negative effects of homework have been well established. They include: children’s frustration and exhaustion, lack of time for other activities and family time and, sadly for many, loss of interest in learning.”

Some parents are not receiving the news well and are reportedly considering transferring their children to a different school.

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