Texas Teacher Says ‘No’ To Homework For Her Students
It's back-to-school time and that means tons of homework for your beasties. But what would happen if one teacher said no? No more homework. Kids should be hanging with their family and friends, eating diner as a family, and reading instead of slaving away on homework every night.
A second grade teacher in Texas did exactly that, and parents, and the internet, are thrilled. Brandy Young sent out a letter that said:
"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. 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 children to bed early."
The photo of the note has been shared over 67,000 times on Facebook, and has gotten mostly positive feedback. The National PTA and the National Education Association say that students should have 10 minutes of homework, in all subjects, or less per grade level per night. While there is a lot of praise for this teacher, one Duke University professor says not giving assignments can backfire because homework creates good study habits and self-discipline.