We've been hearing a lot of rumblings from parents about the amount of homework their big kids have to do. "I can rant on and on about it," one mom told us, and she isn't alone. So many moms are thinking too much homework is depriving their kids of sleep and causing them to lose the desire to learn. Teachers (abroad so far) seem to be getting the same idea.
We can't stop raving about the teacher who gave "the best homework ever" to her students before they took an important aptitude test. Her homework list includes everyday activities such as going on a bike or a scooter ride (read more about it here). Now here's another teacher who has established a homework policy that we think all schools here should consider adapting.
Brandy Young, a second grade teacher at Godley Elementary School in Godley, in Texas (school usually starts in late August or early September in the U.S.) sent her students a note for their parents. One of those parents, Samantha Gallagher of Fort Worth, Texas, took a photo of the note she received from her 7-year-old daughter Brooke and posted it on Facebook.
The note read: "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."
In an interview with CBS News, Young explained the reason she took a bold leap to implement a no-homework policy. "[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," she said.
The second grade teacher comes from this perspective: While homework can help kids develop good study habits that will come in handy in life, creativity, social skills, family time, and sleep are also vital to a child's overall development.
Mom Samantha's post has been shared more than 70,000 times as of this writing. Most of the comments applauded Young's initiative, calling it "amazing," "awesome," and "great!" Sharon Houpt commented, "I like this teacher. She has her head on right." Elisha Swingle Lewis wrote, "Hopefully this will change some things."
Mom Samantha added, "We’re happy that at the end of a long school day [our daughter] get to come home and unwind and be a kid... go outside to play, make new friends, spend more time as a family."
Many teachers and parents from all over the globe are pushing for schools and educators and to do the same. We hope our teachers here do recognize that there should be a good balance between homework and other extra-curricular activities or interests of the child.
Young had one message to her fellow educators, "For any teacher considering anything that might benefit their students I say go for it; if something doesn’t work, change it."