By CELINA ARZOLA
Recently, a teacher from the Godley Independent School District has decided to “[try] something new” this school year and ban homework for her second grade class. Brandy Young, presented the parents of her second grade students with a note at “Meet the Parent Night” on Monday August 22, 2016, stating her plan for the upcoming school year.
“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” Young reveals in her note.
Following the release of the note, mother Samantha Gallagher shared the note with her fellow Facebook friends, declaring that her daughter, Brooke, “love[s] her new teacher already!”. The post has been shared a number of over 67,000 times.
“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance,” Young states in her closing paragraph.
The National PTA and the National Education Association has recommended that the maximum amount of homework -all subjects combined- should be 10 minutes or less per grade level per night. With that being said, second grade students should have only have to do 20 minutes of homework per night.
However, Young believes that rather than spending the night focusing on homework, “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.”
Young said that she ultimately made this decision based on her school district. “Our district, campus, and teaching teams are exactly the supportive environment you need if you’re going to break the mold and try something new,” Young said in an email. “We’re never really afraid to voice new opinions and ideas because our leadership is always so supportive, and our co-workers want what’s best for educating our students.” Young is thrilled with her changes and is curious to see what happens as the year progresses.