This Teacher's Homework Letter to Parents Scores an A+

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As exciting as choosing a new backpack and threads for the halls can be, one back-to-school reality no parent or child wants to deal with is homework. Thankfully, second graders at Godley Elementary School in Texas won't have to wrap their heads around solving extra problems, as their awesome teacher's new homework policy will give students (and parents) a much-needed break. Needless to say, teacher Brandy Young's now-viral letter has earned an A+ among everyone who's seen it.

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I can only imagine the number of moms and dads who wanted to pull a Tom Cruise (you know, jump on a couch like he did on Oprah) during this "Meet the Teacher Night."

As unorthodox as Brandy's homework policy is, it's likely a saving grace so many families need.

 

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"Homework will only consist of work that your student did not finish during the school day."

Hallelujah!

Brandy's no-homework policy, shared by a student's mom on Facebook, also adds:

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.

This. Is. Such. A. Game Changer.

Our society has bought into the notion that all work and no play guarantees success. Yes, there is a need for studying and hard work, but not to the point of stress and exhaustion.

It's okay to take a break and leave a few hours in your day to spend with the people you love. And you aren't weak or lazy for doing so.

I can remember back to my school days when I would spend countless hours with my head inside a book. For the most part, I was able to pace myself with studying for tests, but homework? Fuggedaboutit. Talk about overload -- and this was two decades ago! (Man, I'm getting up there.)

To even think about the additional work kids these days need to tackle, both in and out of the classroom, makes me cringe now that I'm a mom. Don't get me wrong, I don't want my boys to take any shortcuts, but there's got to be a happy medium that doesn't involve their turning into robots for the sake of handing in never-ending assignments teachers don't like grading anyway.

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I commend Brandy Young for using her education platform to make a few changes to classroom business as usual.

Speaking with CBS News, Young says:

[Students] work hard all day. 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.

Right on, Brandy.

Not having homework doesn't give a thumbs-up to turn on the game console or try to binge watch a television show. It's an opportunity to rest so you can recharge your battery for the next day.

Plus, if you don't finish your work during the school day, you gotta do it at home.

 

 

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