It may just be the beginning of the school year, but parents at Godley Elementary School in Texas are loving their kids’ new teacher, and for good reason.
A letter from Brandy Young, a second grade teacher at the school, is being wildly circulated after a parent posted it on Facebook. “Brooke is loving her new teacher already!” said Samantha Gallagher, who posted the photo.
Young, who gave the letter during “Meet the Teacher Night” which was held ahead of the start of the school year, said that she will be practicing a new policy of not giving out homework to her students. She wrote:
“Rather, I ask 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,” Young explained in the letter.
“[Students] work hard all day. When they go home they have other things they need to learn there,” Young said. “I’m trying to develop their whole person; it’s not beneficial to go home and do pencil and paper work.”
We talked about how we could conserve and reuse our school supplies today! pic.twitter.com/HgkaCtqlAZ
— Brandy Young (@MrsYoung2nd) May 11, 2016
One of the reasons that the math and science teacher decided to implement a no-homework policy was because she couldn’t find any research proving that assigning homework had any real benefits.
— Brandy Young (@MrsYoung2nd) May 19, 2016
People from all parts of the world commended the teacher for her novel idea, saying that this progressive curriculum could influence other educators as well.
Gallagher said, “I’m really happy that at the end of a long school day, [Brooke will] have time just to come home and be a kid, play outside, and make new friends. I believe it will enable us to spend more time in the evening together!”
Students documenting natural and man-made resources found around the school. pic.twitter.com/xbuKQ4ZKHm
— Brandy Young (@MrsYoung2nd) May 4, 2016
“Our superintendent really encouraged us to be innovators,” Young, who is a parent herself, said. “Whether or not it’s popular, I just wanted to see if it would work. You can’t know if it’s gonna work unless you try it,” said Young.
“For any teacher considering anything that might benefit their students I say go for it; if something doesn’t work, change it,” she added.
— Brandy Young (@MrsYoung2nd) April 28, 2016