Brandy Young might be onto something huge. On Tuesday, August 16, the second-grade teacher at Godley Elementary School in Godley, Texas, sent out a letter to parents explaining her no homework-policy.
“After much research this summer, I’m trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day,” Young wrote. “Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performances. 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.”
The letter went viral, with more than 72,000 shares on Facebook, after a parent, Samantha Gallagher, posted it to her page that evening.
Young, who has been an educator for eight years, tells Us Weekly she is excited about the new routine and that the school board has been supportive. “The students obviously love it. However, they understand that going away with the weekly homework packet is not an excuse to end learning outside of the classroom,” she says. “Students may still have projects and opportunities to develop their knowledge at home, but it will be engaging, relevant and meaningful.”
And Gallagher, whose daughter Brooke is in Young’s class, feels the same way. “I adore the fact that after eight hours of school, my 7-year-old gets to come home, unwind and just be a kid,” she tells Us. “I do believe we need to be reinforcing what they learn at school at home. However, I also believe the lessons they learn at home through creative play and family time are equally important.”
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