I Kissed Homework Goodbye: Interview with Brandy Young, the No Homework Teacher from Texas (Podcast)
“The dog ate my work left over from the school day, I swear!”
There’s a certain ring lacking from the phrase, but if Brandy Young gets her way, it will become a lot more commonplace than its homework-consuming twin.
A few weeks ago, the Godley Independent School District in North Texas received a sudden surge of exposure due to a seemingly innocuous note sent home to one of the school’s five 2nd grade classes.
The note is a dream for a student, but might draw curiosity for those unfamiliar with the teaching method. Assigning less or no homework has already been in vogue in classrooms across the U.S., as well as in Finland, where the results seem to speak for themselves.
A 2015 study from the American Journal of Family Therapy found that in many cases, elementary school students are being given a homework load that is up to three times more than what is recommended by scholastic leaders.
So Brandy Young isn’t just taking a shot in the dark here, she has data and experience to back her up. For the 2016-2017 school year, her students will go home sans-work entirely save for any classroom work that was not finished during the school day.
This might sound like the story of a single educator going rogue, but that is certainly not the case: Young has the support of her fellow teachers, the administration, her students, and their parents.
I had the good fortune to interview Brandy in late August, and she delved into her rationale behind the move, the educational trends which seem to be shifting towards similar teaching methods, and the general response to her method.
Sam has covered education, travel, and sports for Off Assignment, CLNS Radio, and Boston.com. Bibliophile, former 2 time JV volleyball captain, onetime water park mascot.