Teacher’s viral homework: Read, play and go to bed early

  • A teacher said there will be no homework in her class anymore
  • Instead, she asks parents to spend time with their children, let them play and sleep early
  • Teacher Brandy Young said research has not proven that homework can improve a child’s performance at school

Hated homework when you were studying? Well, this teacher would make you wish you were her student.

A teacher from Texas introduced a new policy for homework in her class:  do tasks that are left unfinished in school. Or in short – no “formal” homework at all.

Brandy Young issued a note to parents when they met for a briefing. The note was shared on Facebook by parent Samantha Gallagher and has since been shared by more than 66,000.

In the viral note, Young said: “Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spend your evening doing things that are proven to correlate with student success.”

“Eat dinner as family, read together, play outside and get your child to bed early,” she specified.

Young was interviewed by CBS News where she said that she wants to develop the child holistically.

“[Students] work hard all day. When they go home they have other things they need to learn there,” she said; adding that she’s trying to develop their whole person and that it’s not beneficial to go home and do pencil and paper work.”

Gallagher is also pleased with Young’s directive.

“We’re happy that at the end of a long school day she’ll get to come home and unwind and be a kid… go outside to play, make new friends, spend more time as a family,” she said.

Many of those who commented to Gallaghers post approve her policy.

“This is so awesome as it demonstrates how many parents and teachers would support this kind of policy! Especially for kids in Elementary school. It prioritizes family time and youth activity! I feel 8 hrs a day in school for kids this age is enough,” one user commented.

While another said: “I like this teacher. She has her head on right. I can understand why your post has so many shares.”