Why This Teacher's Homework Policy is Going Viral

Parents absolutely love her approach.

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On August 16th, Samantha Gallagher of Fort Worth, Texas, shared a note that her daughter, Brooke, brought home from her teacher, Mrs. Brandy Young. The note announced that Mrs. Young would no longer be formally assigning homework, and that the only homework that students would have would consist of whatever they did not finish during class.

"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."

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Gallagher posted this note on Facebook with the caption, "Brooke is loving her new teacher already!" and it quickly went viral, amassing over 60,000 shares in less than a week.

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While the policy might seem controversial to those of us who grew up with mountains of homework, the reaction on Facebook to the idea has been overwhelmingly positive.


The response on Reddit has been similarly encouraging, with many users saying they wished this had been the policy back in their day.

"I have this vivid memory of being in kindergarten and the teacher passing out a homework assignment that was something like practicing writing a letter of the alphabet in upper and lower case inside dotted lines," one user wrote. "I just started doing it when it got put on my table in front of me, and then the teacher took it and gave me a new one and said "Class, can you guys tell him what kind of work this is supposed to be?" and then like half the class in unison goes "HOMEWORK!" So lame."

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