By: Krystle Crossman
Homework is something that students and parents cringe at. It seems that these days kids are coming home with more homework than they have time for. This leaves everyone frustrated by the end of the night. One teacher at a Texas elementary school decided that she had enough and changed her homework policies for the upcoming year. Her new policy has students and their parents rejoicing. Finally, their kids will get to be kids after school.
Brandy Young, a teacher at Godley Elementary School in Godley, TX did a lot of research over her summer break. After finding that there were no studies that could prove that homework was an effective way to keep children’s grades up she decided that assigned homework would be a thing of the past in her classroom. She sent home a letter to all of the parents which stated, “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.”
Numerous studies have been performed and none of them have shown that there are any extra benefits to homework that is assigned every night. Young stated that she is also a mother so she knows how tedious homework can be. She wanted to be a leader among her colleagues and suggests that parents talk to their teachers if they want a homework policy like this in their schools. One parent who has a child in Young’s upcoming class says that it will be great to watch her children play after school instead of having to sit at the table and work on mindless work all night.
Many teachers believe that homework will keep a child’s mind sharp and will keep them focused on what they are learning at the time in class. None of the studies that have been done that have shown this however. Would you like this new homework policy or do you feel that homework is necessary for your child’s educational success?