'No Homework' policy goes into effect at one of Tulsa's public magnet schools

Posted at 5:18 PM, Aug 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-25 12:20:31-04

TULSA -  A new “no homework” policy is now in effect at one of Tulsa’s public schools.

The policy began this school year at Zarrow International School, part of the Tulsa Public School District.

Principal Kelly Forbes says they’re making the change based on research that shows homework is not beneficial to learning.

Forbes says the more time kids have outside of class to pursue other passions, the better.

“I don't want a little kid to come to school feeling badly already upon arrival just because he didn't get to finish his homework or maybe something happens at home you know like we can't control all of that but what I can do is control what we're doing here,” Forbes said.

“That takes the burden off of our parents, off of our teachers they don't have to grade homework and the feedback that we're giving is more immediate and more meaningful and purposeful," Forbes said.

Forbes says the initial feedback has been positive, but he’s aware some parents might not be on board with the idea. He expects there will be some discussion about the idea and how it will be implemented at Zarrow at a “Character Assembly” happening this Friday.

Parents have mixed feelings about the new policy.  

Parent Stacey Wooley likes the idea.

She says it frees up more time with her daughter, Ryan.  

"Enjoying family time being able to learn things other than schoolwork I mean Ryan loves to help with cooking but during the school year with all the homework and things in the past there's just not time for her to help with that," Wooley said.

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