I love having my kids in school (yes, I’m one of those parents who does better when we’re all on a school schedule, #sorrynotsorry) but I DON’T love cajoling them to do their homework every evening! It’s always a relief when they walk in the door with no extra assignments to complete and we can just relax after school. So I kinda love this new homework policy from Brandy Young, a second grade teacher in Texas, that popped up in my Facebook feed over the weekend.
Samantha Gallagher, whose daughter is in Mrs. Young’s class, posted a photo of the teacher’s “New Homework Policy”—and it quickly started to go viral for ALL the right reasons! It reads:
“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. Eat dinner as a family, read together, play outside, and get your child to bed early.”
Young told POPSUGAR, “I’m just trying to be innovative — I really want to be a leader of my classroom. As a mom and as a teacher, [I found that] a lot of homework just wasn’t necessary, and it wasn’t the right thing for my students. Lower elementary school students are here all day with us, so I think it’s our job to educate them here and when they go home they have other things they need to learn there.”
Gallagher said she and her family are thrilled about Mrs. Young’s new policy, saying it’s a great change of pace from what this mom of four is used to. “We moved from Florida where she had homework beginning in preschool,” she said. “I’m really happy that at the end of a long school day, [Brooke will] have time just to come home and be a kid, play outside, and make new friends. I believe it will enable us to spend more time in the evening together!”
Mrs. Young, I think you are on to something BIG here, and I can only hope other elementary teachers follow suit! Hope you and your students have a great year, and that they thrive both inside and outside the classroom.
What do you think of this policy? Do your elementary-age students have a lot of homework after school?