Kids Should Have No Homework

Many parents are surprised to see a flood of projects and homework sent home with their kids starting as early as Kindergarten. Combine a snack-hungry 5-year-old with a math worksheet and you’ve got a parental nightmare.

In reality, the teachers (and by extension their students) are victims of educational superstition.“There are teachers out there who see things are going really well,” Vatterott says.

“And they think, ‘We better keep doing what we’re doing or all hell is going to break loose.’”In truth, data indicates that homework for the youngest students in the elementary grades has, at best, has no bearing on achievement.

The play that kids naturally engage in, she points out, helps them practice the skills they develop in the classroom.“Believe it or not, you learn about math when you’re playing different board games,” Hirsh-Pasek explains.

“And you learn about space when you put together train tracks and play with Legos.

Richard Allington, who has argued that reading is a much more effective form of after-school enrichment than homework.

Other research seems to come to similar conclusions, especially at the elementary school level.

I’m glad to know that it’s not just me — and that research actually backs me up on this.

The research referred to by the Marion County Public Schools is from Dr.

In essence, she recommended that young school kids get a chance to just be kids, which sounds pretty awesome — and necessary — to me.

A year later, another no homework policy began making headlines when Florida’s Marion County Public Schools announced that it would be eliminating all homework, too, asking students to read for 20 minutes each night instead.


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