Students around the nation are hoping a second-grade teacher in Texas is about to start a trend after she abolished homework for the entire year.
Mrs. Brandy Young, of Godley Elementary School, wrote parents a note which stated her students will not be assigned homework in her class. Instead Young requested that parents take a more active roll in their children’s lives, and help them to continue their education at home rather than in the classroom. Young’s letter stated:
After much research this Summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work your student did not finish during the school day. There will be no formally assigned homework this year.
Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.
Mrs. Brandy Young
Young’s letter was only meant for the eyes of parents, but one parent named Samantha Gallagher thought so much of the note she shared it on Facebook and it instantly became viral with over 60,000 shares! Young also caught the attention of CBS who interviewed her. She said, ” Students work hard all day. When they go home they have other things they need to learn there. I’m trying to develop their whole person. It’s not beneficial to go home and do pencil and paper work.” She continued, “Our superintendent really encouraged us to be innovators. Whether or not it’s popular, I just wanted to see if it would work. You can’t know if it’s gonna work unless you try it.”
Many students sit and wait with wonder if Young’s plan works, because if it does they will no longer be spending hours on end completing their assigned tasks. The policy is rare in America, but in other schools around the world students do not start to receive homework until they are in their teenage years.
View Young’s letter below: