Teacher’s New Homework Policy Goes Viral

FORT WORTH, Texas — A Texas teacher’s note to parents is going viral, thanks to a student-friendly approach to homework that seems to be going over well with parents, too.

Facebook user Samantha Gallagher shared a photo of the note, which her daughter’s teacher gave students, establishing the class homework policy.

“After much research this summer, I am trying something new,” the note begins. “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.”

Gallagher’s profile says she lives in Fort Worth, Texas. “Brooke is loving her new teacher already,” she wrote in the caption.

But that wasn’t all. The note 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.”

The note is signed by Mrs. Brandy Young.

Other parents seemed just as thrilled at the idea as Gallagher’s daughter. One wrote, “Hopefully this will change some things…. I love (our) teacher, but we do an hour of homework each night plus studying for tests and reading.”

Another parent commented, “Finally more teachers are catching on to this! Our school has been like this for years, it’s sooo much better!”

Gallagher’s post was shared on Aug. 16 and it already has nearly 60,000 shares. It was also picked up by social media site reddit, where it garnered thousands more.

The mother wrote on Facebook that people from all over the world have contacted her to tell her they saw the image. She said she received messages from countries such as Australia, Japan, Ireland and Africa.

Many on Facebook and reddit approved of the new policy, and some said their schools had similar rules.


    • WAKE UP

      Take a look at Finland, they start school at 7 years old. School starts between 8am and 9am. They go to school for 5 hours, after every lesson teachers give students a 15 minute break, recess is 75 minutes a day and they rarely have homework. All students receive free lunch, access to health care, mental health services and guidance counselors. And the US spends a third more than Finland on a child’s K-12 education.

      Programme for International Student Assessment, which administers tests to 15 year olds in 57 countries -revealed in 2000 that Finland’s students are the best young readers in the world. Then in 2003, they led in math and 2006, Finland was first out of 57 countries in science.

      Here every schools priority is testing results which makes the school money. There every school receives the same funding regardless of test results.

  • typical educated dope

    sounds like a lazy teacher to me….what happened….to busy hanging at the pool collecting checks for doing nothing to work on the old curriculum?

  • Supporter of America

    Wish they did that when I was back in school, granted my homework load may not have been lessened. I wouldn’t have had to decide which homework I was or wasn’t going to do on a given night. Spending all day at school and then 3 hours (or more) every night is ridiculous. Most people that have full time jobs don’t take work home, unless they are compensated in their paycheck. Why should kids be expected to do the same for little if any gain? As a parent I would much rather spend time with our kids eating dinner, playing outside (or doing sports), reading for a little bit before bed or finding something fun but educational to do before bed.

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