Homework Banned In One Florida County

Marion County bans homework for elementary school students

Marion County bans homework for elementary school students

According to WESH, Superintendent Heidi Maier cited research that shows young children do better in school when they are given a break. "Instead of working on classroom assignments at home, we want students reading at home for 20 minutes every evening, and we want you to read with them".

So could homework become something that's eventually taught in history class?

Administrators said, the new policy will give teachers more time in their day to actually do what they're paid to do, and that's teaching students.

Several studies have shown that homework does more harm than good for elementary school students.

Elementary school students in Marion County can expect to be homework free for the upcoming school year.

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Although the mandate with be valid for all 31 public elementary schools in the Marion County, it will not be applicable for middle and high schools.

Maier made her decision based on research by University of Tennessee professor Richard Allington, who found that reading to kids has more benefits than homework does.

A handful of changes are coming to one Florida school district including mandatory recess and P.E. and no homework.

"The research showed that students who are given a preponderance of homework do not perform better, or get better grades, than those who do not", Maier noted.

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