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Florida school district bans homework, says read instead

Here's one for books.

Marion County School of Florida The district will prohibit daily homework assignments in elementary schools beginning in the fall of 2017. Students will be asked to simply read 20 minutes each night, according to News 6 WKMG.

Students will be allowed to choose their own reading material, and teachers, libraries, and volunteers will provide guidance.

"If you can read right, everything else will come," District spokesman Kevin Christian told WFTV Eyewitness News 9.

Although daily homework won't be part of the curriculum, Christian said teachers occasionally assign things like research papers or science projects.

Heidi Maier, the school's new superintendent for the district, told the Washington Post that the decision was based on research by Richard Allington, a professor of education at the University of Tennessee, who argued that reading improves performance. younger students rather than assigning them traditional homework. .

"The quality of homework is so poor that simply getting children to read by replacing homework with self-selected reading was a more powerful alternative," Allington told the Post. "Perhaps some types of homework could improve performance, but if so, that type of homework is rare in schools in the United States."

In 2006, a study on homework by Harris Cooper, a psychology professor at Duke University, found that homework had a more positive impact on students in grades 7 through 12 than on students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

The new Marion County policy applies to the district's 20,000 elementary school students, but not to middle or high school students.

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