Parents and educators have strong opinions on whether homework is a necessity or if it is too much for young children. It seems that the theory that kids can learn and might even benefit from having no homework is being tested. According to Today, Marion County has implemented a “no homework policy” for its 31 public elementary schools. Although the superintendent has stated the reasons, there have been both positive and negative responses to the homework ban.
The no homework policy does not apply to middle or high school students. Superintendent Heidi Maier explained that research shows homework does not benefit young children. Based on that research, the decision was made to get rid of it, at least for this year.
“It’s no traditional homework, no work sheets, no endless pages of workbooks. Instead, our children are reading aloud with their parents at least 20 minutes a night.”