Portland, Ore. – This year, one Portland elementary school is taking a different approach to homework.
Portland NBC affiliate KGW reports Cherry Park Elementary is adopting a no homework policy. “The research was really pointing to that homework does not improve achievement levels for elementary students,” said Principal Kate Barker. “Instead of stressing over a math packet or a reading log, they can simply just enjoy being with their children.”
School leaders took into account the diverse population of the school and the fact that 75% of their students live below the poverty line. “We have many of our families that are homeless and so may not even have a flat surface to work,” said Principal Barker.
One parent who agrees with the new police said, “I find that instead of having to say what are you doing for homework, sit down, let’s get to this, it’s time to talk, time to interact so it feels really freeing for our family.”