Second Grade Teacher’s ‘No Homework’ Policy Goes Viral
The school year may have just begun, but a second grade teacher from Dallas has quickly become a student favorite thanks to her “No Homework” policy. Brandy Young handed out a letter at Godley Elementary School’s “Meet The Teacher” night that explained there would be no formally assigned homework in her class. The letter went on to say:
The policy gained attention when parent Samantha Gallagher shared a photo of the letter on Facebook, along with the caption, “Brooke is loving her new teacher already!” As of press time, the photo has nearly 70,000 shares and a slew of comments, mostly positive. The policy isn’t universally beloved however. Duke University professor Harris Cooper, who’s written a book on homework, told USA Today that no homework is a bad idea. “Homework is a lot like medication. If you’re taking too much, it can kill you. If you take too little, it has no effect,” explained Cooper.“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.”
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