Teacher scraps homework for an entire year, favouring family time

A primary school teacher is heading straight to the top of the class after she banned homework for her students, instead encouraging families to spend more time together. The move is gathering a wave of support from students (unsurprisingly) and parents, who have applauded the bold move.

Brandy Young, who teaches grade two at a Texas primary school, handed a note to parents on the eve of the new US school year. She explains that after much research, she’s decided to try something new – banishing homework.

The only after school work the pupils have to complete is anything they didn’t finish in class. Mrs Young’s reasoning? There isn’t any proof that homework improves a student’s performance. However, she says that things like eating dinner, reading and playing together as a family do boost a student’s success.

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Mum Samantha Gallagher uploaded the note to her Facebook page, saying her daughter Brooke is “loving her new teacher already!” Mrs Young told CBS that students work hard all day and “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.”

The approach has gathered support from parents across the world, who want more educators to take this relaxed approach to homework. “This is so awesome as it demonstrates how many parents and teachers would support this kind of policy!” writes James Sterling Rice, in response to the post. “Especially for kids in elementary school. It prioritises family time and youth activity! I feel eight hours a day in school for kids this age is enough.”

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