Marion County to adopt ‘No Homework’ elementary school policy

Heidi Maier, Ed.D., Superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, issued a ‘No Homework’ mandate, July 12, for the 31 public elementary schools in Marion County for the upcoming 2017/2018 school year, according to Marion County Public Schools spokesman Kevin Christian to WESH 2 News.

Maier’s decision was reportedly based on a study by Richard Allington, a University of Tennessee professor of theory and practice in teacher education, which found that reading to a child has more positive effects than homework.

The school district will be asking parents to read with their children for 20 minutes every night. Maier reportedly encouraged parents to assist their child to select material that inspires them and encourages them to read.

Some assignments, such as science projects or research papers, will be assigned on occasion.

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