Most kids can only dream of a single night without homework, but one teacher from Texas is making those dreams come true—for an entire year.
Brandy Young, a second-grade teacher in Godley, Texas, distributed a letter to parents at “Meet the Teacher Night” that detailed an interesting new homework policy: There will be no homework, all year. The letter, which went viral after one parent posted it to Facebook, states: “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.”
The amount of homework kids get—and whether or not children really even need homework—has become a hot-button topic in some school districts. And, as Young notes, is something experts aren’t sure how much it actually enhances learning and achievement.
Instead of spending the evening completing math problems or reading exercises, Young hopes families will spend more time together: “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.”
The post, which can be seen below, has generated mostly positive buzz, with many supporting the idea of no homework.
What do you think? Do kids really need homework? Young might be on to something, but if your kids are still bringing home lots of worksheets, here’s how to help them.