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‘Research Has Been Unable to Prove That Homework Improves Student Performance,’ Teacher Says in Letter to Parents

‘Research Has Been Unable to Prove That Homework Improves Student Performance,’ Teacher Says in Letter to Parents

One teacher is taking a unique stance on homework this year, according to a note home to parents that has now gone viral.

Brandy Young, a 2nd grade teacher in Texas, believes that it’s not beneficial for students to take work home with them. Rather, she wants to focus on helping the ‘whole child’ while her students are in her classroom.

“[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,” Young told CBSNews.

In the teacher’s new homework policy that she sent home to parents, she says: “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 student performance. 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.”

People from all over the country are using Twitter to praise Young for her message:

"We need more teachers like Mrs. Brandy Young," said one user.

"Bold and courageous. Please let more educators go here! Thanks Mrs. Brandy Young for this though to action example," said another.

Another user had some wishful thinking. "Where was Ms. Brandy Young for the '99 and the 2000s?" they asked.

Young said that part of her inspiration comes from her superintendent.

"Our superintendent really encouraged us to be innovators ... Whether or not it’s popular, I just wanted to see if it would work. You can’t know if it’s gonna work unless you try it,” she said to CBSNews.

Read the full story.

Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor


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