In Fort Worth, TX, the second grade students of Mrs. Brandy Young are being introduced to a new homework policy: no homework. The teacher, a parent herself, says that there are no proven benefits to making her students do extra academic work outside of the classroom. Instead, she wants parents to nurture their child in other ways. The note she sent home to parents 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 students performances. 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
Young says that her 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 has received praise worldwide, from America, to Ireland, to Japan.
We wish Mrs. Young’s students all the best in the coming year. Young is clearly standing up for their best interests and is confident that her students will benefit from the new ‘homework policy.’ If not? The innovating teacher says, “If something doesn’t work, change it.”
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.