If you are a parent to a child in elementary school, you need to see this letter!
Parents and students all over America are freaking out about a letter that one teacher wrote to every parent of her students. Brandy Young who is a second grade teacher at Texas school Godley Elementary School announced that her students will NOT be sent home with homework this year.
The first couple of weeks of school is always nerve racking for younger kids as they try to make new friends and learn new things. Young says that the students shouldn’t have to worry about school when they go home. They should be able to develop as a kid and grow closer to their family.
It was at “Meet The Teacher Night” about a week ago that the teacher handed out the “New Homework Policy” to parents, which is more like the “No Homework Policy”.
“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 celebrate with your student success. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside and get your child to bed early.
A mother posted a picture of the letter on her Facebook saying that her daughter already loves her new teacher, and little did she know that her post would go viral! After thousands and thousands of shares the teacher got interviewed by CBS News and said that it is not beneficial for them to go home just to do homework.
“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. 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.”
She also encouraged other teachers to do the same thing, because if it doesn’t work this year they can always change the policy next year. Several other teachers in the district have already agreed to the NO homework policy as well.
“For any teacher considering anything that might benefit their students I say go for it; if something doesn’t work, change it…”
WOW! I wish this would have been my teacher when I was in elementary school!