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Texas Teacher's No Homework Policy Gets Viral Straight A's

Texas Teacher's No Homework Policy Gets Viral Straight A's

Teacher Brandy Young's homework letter. (Screengrab of Facebook post)

By    |   Thursday, 25 August 2016 03:51 PM

A Texas teacher's new "no homework" policy for her second-grade students – so they can have more time to play and be with their families – has gone viral on social media and sparked a debate on educational values.

Brandy Young's decision to relieve her students at Godley Elementary School in Johnson County of homework drew nationwide attention after a letter she sent out about her policy was posted on Facebook by one of the parents, Sarah Gallagher, noted KXAS-TV.

"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 assigned homework this year," said Young's letter, which has been shared more than 72,000 times off Gallagher's Facebook page.

"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."

Gallagher said Facebook users from all over the world have contacted her about the letter, including Australia, Japan, Ireland, and countries in Africa, said WGN-TV.

Godley Independent School District Superintendent Rich Dear appeared to back Young, saying teachers there, southwest of Fort Worth, are encouraged to be innovative and that Young was putting her students first, said KXAS-TV.

Duke education professor Harris M. Cooper disagreed with Young's view of homework, saying it was her job to make homework valuable to her students, said KXAS-TV.

"Make it relevant, make it fun and make it part of what kids want to do," said Cooper, author of the book "The Battle Over Homework." "That's her challenge, not cut it off entirely."

Young told CBS News the idea behind her policy was to help the children be more well-rounded students.

"(Students) work hard all day," Young told. "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."

Parents responded positively to the "no homework" policy on Facebook.

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A Texas teacher's new "no homework" policy for her second-grade students – so they can have more time to play and be with their families – has gone viral on social media and sparked a debate on educational values.
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