Anyone who has been through school whether elementary or high school knows that homework will always be a pain in the ass. After a long day of staying at your best behavior in class and working out problems, you get to bring some of them home and burn some time into the night as you solve them.
Your teacher will be sure to check and see that you have finished the work the next day and if you haven’t, some nasty punishment comes your way. In reality, few students want to be school, leave alone bringing some of it home. One elementary teacher named Mrs. Brandy Young, therefore, became a quick favorite among her students when she decided to stop giving them homework.
After schools reopened in September, the elementary school teacher sent her pupils home with a letter to their parents explaining why she would not be giving them any more homework. She said that she had done some research during the holiday, and had found out that there was no substantial evidence that homework helped children in any way. The teacher further advised the parents to spend the time doing something else together, such as having dinner, playing together or even going to bed early.
That was about two years ago. As she put her policy into effect, Mrs. Brandy Young realized that some of her students (and parents) felt different. She had expected the kids to be thrilled by the idea of going home without any work to tie them down. Instead, she realized that some of the pupils actually wanted to take some homework home. Others simply needed it even if they did not want it, especially those who were working on their performance. She, therefore, decided to give work accordingly; some of her students would go home without any homework while others would take some extra practice.
While defending her decision, Mrs. Young pointed out that giving her kids homework or not does not change the fact that some of those kids needed help and support that they could not get at home. The work only tied them down, almost like a second shift from work. She felt that after a long day in school, they needed to rest and be with their family, rather than take work from the classroom to their houses.
Her policy had to be modified further due to pressure from the school, other teachers and even parents who did not agree with her. Mrs. Young, however, is not the only person who has advocated the scraping of the concept of homework in schools. In Marion County, the superintendent banned teachers in all the district’s elementary schools from giving homework. She said that instead of carrying book loads of schoolwork home, the kids could now spend time with their parents doing more constructive things like reading out loud with them which improved their vocal skills.
These arguments, however, do not come without criticism. Some teachers think that homework not only helps them cover the syllabus more effectively, it also helps kids understand school work more as they tackle their exercises. Parents also feel that homework is good to keep the kids busy doing something constructive rather than running home to play video games. The students, of course, think that it is the worst thing ever invented and that they should get rid of homework as soon as they can.