Usually when we write about schools, it’s about some ridiculous regulation or mandate from the government or school district (see NC Schools Order Teachers to Stop Calling ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’…Because Hate Speech! and Satanic Temple to Open ‘After-School Satan Clubs’ at Elementary Schools…). So writing about this teacher’s homework assignment that’s been going viral is a nice change of pace.
“There will be no formally assigned homework this year,” Brandy Young explained in the letter. “Rather, I ask 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.”
The teacher said homework just wasn’t working for her classroom anymore. So, she decided to make meaningful change.
“[Students] work hard all day. When they go home they have other things they need to learn there,” Young told CBS News. “I’m trying to develop their whole person; it’s not beneficial to go home and do pencil and paper work.”
Imagine that…expecting parents to do parenting, instead of leaving it to the school or the state.
Now lest there be any confusion, the teacher here is a second grade teacher. This isn’t high school. She’s not saying students shouldn’t study their chemistry or calculus. We’re talking the second grade here. 7 year olds. Okay? Okay.
For most of us, being 7 years old was a long time ago. In fact it’s taking me a while to do the math in my head. I’d tell you how long it’s been, but that would give away my age. Yikes, I keep getting older. I guess that’s what happens when you keep doing that living thing without interruption.
Because here’s the deal: second grade homework? Who remembers it? It’s kind of a silly idea if you think about it as you’re trying to figure out how long it’s been since you were in the second grade. What matters more at age 7, as this teacher well knows, isn’t getting a few extra math problems in. What matters is building a family bond. What matters is children spending more time with their parents, who they likely haven’t seen all day, reading with them, playing with them, dining with them and not plugging into a TV set.
Mrs. Brandy Young is putting family ABOVE state education.
Right, there are going to be some itchy-twitchy leftists out there calling me a… well whatever it is they’re going to call me. They’ll say I’m reading too much into this simple note. But I think they’re wrong. Leftists are usually wrong. Bet on it.
The reason this note has gone viral is because of its symbolism. Family–parents–are more important to a child’s development than homework. The end. Leftists will hate that because UNFAIRNESS. Some children do not have families! Some children do not have TWO parents! WHAT ABOUT THOSE KIDS?
Parents matter more than homework. The end. THE END.
I can’t imagine the school or the state is thrilled about this either. How will these kids be properly indoctrinated if even when they’re home, they’re not reading about Heather’s two mommies or the gender-neutral unicorn?
Speaking of taking someone to school…