Imagine getting this type of note in your school kids' backpack! Brandy Young, a second-grade teacher in Fort Worth, TX, stunned both students and their parents when she sent around her new homework policy at the start of the school year. It really wasn't what they were expecting.
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Instead of doing specific assignments that reviewed the day's lessons at home, kids would only be expected to finish work that they couldn't complete in class. That was it for homework in this second grade class.
The reason: "Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance," Young wrote. "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."
When Samantha Gallagher, whose daughter is in Young's class, shared it on Facebook, it went viral instantly--in a few hours it had been shared 10 thousand times. (Now it's up to 60,000.)
Good work, Mrs. Brandy Young. We bet your students have a GREAT year! And by the way, she's right about the research. Homework doesn't begin to pay off until kids are in high school--and even then, they get way too much of it.
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