A Fort Worth, Texas teacher’s note to parents is going viral, after it introduced a student-friendly approach to homework that seems to be going over well with parents, too. As a mom of four children, Samantha Gallagher is all too familiar with late nights filled with homework, so she was extremely happy when she saw Mrs. Young’s unexpected note so she posted it on social media, Facebook. Within less than a week, it already garnered almost 60,000 likes and still counting and thousands of shares, too. The note was also picked up by social media site reddit, where it garnered more attention. What does the note contain?
With a caption that says, “Brooke is loving her new teacher already,” it shows a note that Samantha shared that her daughter, Brooke, brought home from her teacher, Mrs. Brandy Young. The note announced the class homework policy- 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.
Look at the note below:
“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.”
“Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance. Rather, I ask that you spen 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.
Thanks, Mrs. Brandy Young”
Samantha also 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.. Other parents seemed just as thrilled at the idea.
I wish this had been the policy during my school days!
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