Om Schooling

04/05/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Such programs have not been without controversy. Over the past year, the most famous--Needham High School's Stress Reduction Committee (SRC)--has been working toward instituting homework-free weekends and vacations, while before that the school added yoga classes, coordinated exam schedules, and, in 2006, stopped publishing the honor roll. In response, local and national media, not to mention many Needham parents, have blasted its creator, principal Paul Richards, for being too soft. As a result, Richards now has to "manage" his press; he declined to be interviewed for this article, saying the school wouldn't be ready for more exposure until the fall. "Ironically, coverage loses credibility for this work with some teachers at the school," he said via e-mail.

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