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Parents And Students Loving Teacher’s Homework Policy

Back to school time is filled with both excitement and anxiety. The start of any new school year is an exciting time, a time when everyone has a fresh slate, but it can also be anxiety-ridden. New teachers, classmates, routines, and schedules can be overwhelming for all ages, from kindergartners through seniors in high school. One of the main sources of angst though, for both students and parents alike, is homework.

After a long(ish) summer off, adjusting to a long day at school can be tough. Add to that after school activities, then pile on fitting in dinner, some downtime, and homework…let’s just say the struggle gets really real, really fast. Fort Worth, Texas mom Samantha Gallagher received a note from her daughter’s teacher that made both mother and daughter very happy. Little did she know so many other parents felt the same way. The note quickly went viral, receiving over 67,000 shares as well as coverage from media outlets around the world (yes, the world!).

Mrs. Brandy Young is Gallagher’s daughter’s new teacher. We’re assuming she’s an elementary school teacher who spent some time considering an appropriate amount of homework for her students as she considered the best homework policy for the upcoming year.

“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,” Mrs. Young wrote.

She continued, “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.”

Response from parents was overwhelmingly positive, receiving comments like this one from a dad who wrote, “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.”

What do you think about this policy? Has homework gotten out of control, or do you think it’s a necessary part of the education process?