Who likes homework?
Students at one county in Florida won’t have to worry any more about homework, thanks to a new policy that affects 31 elementary schools in the area.
Instead of homework, Marion County Public Schools families will be encouraged to read to their children for at least 20 minutes each night. And if kids don’t have an adult at home to help them read, they can get help from volunteers and even audiobooks. The policy only applies to elementary school students, so once they hit middle school, they’ll have to do homework.
The decision received mixed responses, with some parents praising the change while others noting homework helped them know what their kids were learning in school, and it also taught their kids how to be organized and responsible
Overall, there hasn’t been a ton of research yet about the consequences of banning homework, but the small number of schools that have tried it haven’t reported any negative effects yet.