Brandy Young, a Texas elementary school teacher, has made national news thanks to her unique take on homework this year. Her policy? No homework at all for her second graders, whom she believes should spend their time on other things.
The Godley Elementary School teacher’s announcement to parents stated the following:
“After much research this summer, I am trying something new. Homework will only consist of work that 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. Eating dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”
One happy parent posted the teacher’s policy on Facebook, noting that her daughter was already loving her new teacher. The post has since garnered over 73,000 shares.
As a result of the photo going viral, tons of pleased parents have chimed in online, praising this policy for helping bring families closer. Kids with less homework are able to spend more time with their loved ones. Young is a parent herself, so she knows first-hand what life with children is like outside of school.
“I’m trying to develop their whole person; it’s not beneficial to go home and do pencil and paper work,” the teacher told CBS News. Furthermore, Young wants to inspire other teachers as well.
“For any teacher considering anything that might benefit their students I say go for it; if something doesn’t work, change it,” she said. While it’s impossible to know if a policy change will succeed, you never know until you try.
Good for Young for not being afraid to change up the system. We wish the best of luck to her and the students this school year.