“There will be no formally assigned homework this year…,” said primary school teacher Brandy Young. This appeared in a letter she sent home to her students’ parents in 2016. Two years later, experts say that the positive effects of homework on performance is actually unfounded.
Experts joined in on Teacher Brandy’s crusade with ideas of their own. The no-homework policy started two years ago because of the Texan teacher’s Facebook post.
Second-grade teacher Brandy Young sent this letter to parents in 2016. It went viral on social media.
The said note took the online community by storm. Some reports said the letter resulted in many parents wishing their children are in Teacher Brandy’s class. Samantha Gallagher, a mother who considers herself lucky that her daughter, Brooke, is in Brandy’s class, posted the note.
“We are very familiar with spending exorbitant amounts of time on homework on school nights, and I just knew this would alleviate a lot of weeknight stress,” Samantha had said.
Teacher Brandy, as she poses with Brooke, Samantha Gallagher’s daughter.
Teacher Brandy poses with her student Abbigail Taylor after hitting her first home run.
Now, Teacher Brandy gets support from experts. Experts restated how giving homework to students is not as productive as we believe it to be.
Alfie Kohn, author of “The Homework Myth,” pointed out:
“It is important to realize that no research has ever found any advantage to any kind of homework before kids are in high school — and newer studies are questioning whether it’s necessary even in high school.”
Charlie Kennedy had also tweeted his thoughts about the topic.
In addition, Tom Bennett, director of ResearchEd conference claims students undertake “back breaking” after school tasks with little educational value.
“I’m not anti homework- it can be a useful tool. Too often it’s an exercise in back covering, or box ticking, with no real thought for the educational outcome.”
“We really don’t have a good reason to do this,” University of Tampa associate professor Patricia O’Grady also shared. “There really is no evidence [of the benefits of homework], and sometimes in schools, we do many, many things for which there is no evidence base.”
Another supporter, Brooklyn College and City University of New York graduate center professor, David Bloomfield, said Teacher Brandy’s policy is sound. “The lasting educational value of homework at that age is not proven,” he said.
How about you, our dear readers? What are your thoughts about this?
Marvel-Themed Wedding Video Goes Viral For Awesome Message
Is this how the heroes can defeat Thanos?
It's truly a magical event when two people decide to tie the knot. However, one couple decided to take their union one step further by paying tribute to their love for Marvel films. Their Marvel-themed wedding video takes notes from Avengers: Infinity War complete with magnificent special effects.
The wedding video for Morris and Maria was posted by Wonderlast Films. The self-proclaimed "super hero wedding film" is over eight minutes long and features the groom using several different superpowers. Interestingly, the geeky couple even added a few touching lines inspired by dialogue from the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies.
This awesome couple has one of the best Marvel-themed wedding videos ever made.
Young Boy Singing Ed Sheeran Song Has Whole School Cheering
He has the voice of an angel!
Most of today's young singers started out by showing off their skills in school. Not surprisingly, a talented young boy decided to show off his singing prowess at a talent show in school. His cover of the Ed Sheeran song "Thinking Out Loud" immediately had the whole school cheering for him.
A school talent show can be a nerve-wracking experience for most children. Although 15-year-old Payton Kemp initially appeared nervous as his name was announced, the young boy carefully placed his sheet music on a small piano. When he began to play the Ed Sheeran song, the entire school couldn't help but applaud for his performance.
This young boy will astound you with his cover of the Ed Sheeran track, 'Thinking Out Loud'.
Twin Sisters Separated At Birth Finally Meet In Tearful Reunion
“It felt like something was missing, and now it’s complete.”
There are only a few things more magical than a reunion. A pair of twin sisters who were separated at birth were finally reunited after several years apart. Interestingly, neither of the girls were aware that they had a twin. Luckily, one of the girls' mothers was able to arrange their reunion.
Little Audrey was adopted by the Doering family in 2007. Her mother Jennifer tried to learn more about her daughter's biological background and discovered that Audrey had a twin. She immediately sought help through Facebook and managed to reach Nicole Rainsberry, Gracie's mother. A reunion between the twin sisters was arranged by Good Morning America, and it was truly a tearful one.
Audrey and Gracie are about to meet for the first time since they were separated at birth.