At “Meet the Teacher Night,” second grade teacher Brandy Young surprised parents when she passed out a letter announcing that she would not be assigning homework to her students throughout the year and instead encouraged families to utilize the time to “eat dinner as a family, read together, [and] play outside.” The Texan teacher made headlines after one parent, Samantha Gallagher, posted the letter to Facebook with the caption “Brooke is loving her new teacher already!”
In her letter, Mrs. Young wrote the following:
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.
Mrs. Brandy Young”
We’re curious to see if more teachers will follow suit with similar policies and hope that these students enjoy the much-needed increase in family time!