While many parents rejoice at the sound of school, if there is one thing that students could do without, it would be homework
It looks like homework seems to increase as time goes by, reaching an exceeded amount that surpasses the necessary, equaling up to 10 minutes for each grade assignments.
This caused a movement amongst parents, both around the country and around the world, to stand up against the overwhelming homework piles that tend to keep their family up late at night. Instead of spending more quality time with their kids, more time is spent doing homework.
Moreover, parents are left with the responsibility of having to teach their kids something they had been taught years ago.
One Second-grade teacher from Texas wanted to rid the old and welcome in the new. Instead of giving out homework, she decided not to.
This second-grade teacher’s name is Brandy Young, and she decided to start the year off with a big bang when she set them packing with a note they were to all pass on to their parents. This note went viral as soon as it hit the different social media platforms.
The note reads:
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. 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.
Mrs. Brandy Young”
Parents from everywhere were moved by this note.
This note has been shared about 70,000 times by parents, both mom and dad, who were all tired of the old homework ritual, but preferred to have spent more quality time with their child.
Brandy Young’s theory of homework were not too far off. The research showed that they were mixed, especially for those kids that were at least in the second grade.
As a college student, I can assure that she is not against good study habits, because it is necessary for students that are going on to bigger and greater things.
But there are other important skills that are essential in order to ensure a child’s success and it is far beyond a homework assignment. It is very important that students are taught the value of skills other than the traditional handed out assignments.
After a long day of extensive exercises and drills from the teacher, children “work hard all day. When they go home they have other things they need to learn there,” Young told CBS News. “I’m trying to develop their whole person.”
Educating kids properly is an amazing job that brings a tremendous amount of fulfillment with a handful of options to choose from.
As a student, I can see why Young’s approach makes perfect sense. I believe that her way of teaching helps a child create a more balanced life. Yes, one must work hard, but one must not overlook the importance in connecting and building meaningful relationships. That too my friend…is LIFE. #Rewordit!