More school, more books, but no more homework, and no dirty looks!
Texas elementary school teacher, Brandy Young, is getting high praise from parents with her new homework policy. Her letter to parents has now gone viral being shared tens of thousands of times.
“After much research this summer, I am trying something new,” she wrote. “Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day.”
She explains, there’s no research to prove homework improves student performance. And says rather than “formally assigned homework,” parents should spend their evenings “doing things that are proven to correlate with student success.” Things like have the family eat together, play together and putting kids to bed early.
And Young’s homework ban is backed by a joint study conducted by researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the University of Tulsa. It found eating dinner with family is associated with improved vocabulary for young students, as reported by The Washington Post. What’s more, this daily activity is more important for older students, as the Post writes it “is an even more powerful predictor of high achievement scores than time spent in school, doing homework, playing sports or doing art.”
So, would you back a no homework policy at schools? Taking your calls after 1pm: 204.780.6868.