Florida's Marion County Public Schools Implements No Homework Policy

The school year has already, or is about to start, for a lot of kids  around the country. This means many of them will be dreading coming home  each night with homework. But in one Florida locale, that won’t be an  issue anymore - at least for elementary school kids.

Ocala’s Marion County Public Schools has implemented a “no homework  policy” for their 31 elementary schools, with the Schools Superintendent  Heidi Maier explaining, "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.”

The school decided on their policy after studies showed that homework  doesn’t necessarily benefit students, although some say it does help  teach kids things like organization, responsibility and time management.

  • Needless to say not everyone is on board with the new policy, and  some parents aren’t exactly thrilled with the idea of their kids not  having homework. One parent said she was “stunned” by the board’s  decision, while mom Lauren Roger, who said homework for  her two sons was a “struggle” is behind the idea. She tells "Today,"  “For us, it was like a happy dance here in the kitchen.”

Source: Today