If you ask students what their least favorite part of school is, the answer will probably be something about too much homework. Although many of us have grown up with homework playing a critical role in education, there have been many questions lately about what the true benefits of homework really are, and the results are shocking!
Getting a child to complete his or her homework will not be a battle any longer for students in Brandy Young’s class this year simply because there will be none! This second-grade teacher sent home a note with her second-grade students describing the new policy.
One parent posted a photo of the note on Facebook, and since then, it has gotten an enormous amount of attention. 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.
Not only are the children probably jumping for joy at the no homework policy, but many parents also feel the same way. Too much homework too young can be a stressful event every night involving the whole family as parents try to assist their children with the big work loads.
Developmentally, second graders benefit greatly from family time, outdoor time, free play, and a full night of sleep so it’s great that this teacher is making those things a priority. We would love to hear from you about what you think about this new homework policy!