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School bans homework, urges students to play outside instead

School bans homework, urges students to play outside instead

The lucky students at one Portland elementary school got the good news when they started school this week: There will be no homework whatsoever.

Instead, this is what the school urges students to do in the evenings and on weekends: Play outside. Cuddle with your parents. Play board games with your siblings. Pick up a favorite book to read or be read to. Run around and be as active as you can.

Why ban homework? A team of teachers at Cherry Park Elementary in the David Douglas school district in East Portland dug into the research and found that, while high school students learn more when they do homework, for elementary pupils, there is little to no evidence homework does any good. Read more

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