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Teacher Gives “Extra Homework” That Parents Are Actually Happy About

posted: 08/15/17
by: Kristine Boyd
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There has been a lot of controversy lately about the amount of homework given to young students, especially in high school. Parents have started to raise awareness on social media about the copious amounts of work their children have to do. Many feel their high school students don't have enough free time to just be kids. Mr. Newport, a teacher in England, sent each of his students home with a sheet full of extra homework to complete over the weekend.

"Dear pupil," he wrote, "you have done brilliantly in the buildup to the SATs, well done. We have some extra homework for you! We are now in the last couple of days before SATs and it is vital that you use your time wisely this weekend." The first few lines had students and parents worried for what this was going to entail. It wasn't until they continued reading that they were pleasantly surprised by the "homework" that was assigned. The tasks included:

  • Go on a bike/scooter ride
  • Read a book
  • Watch your favorite TV program
  • Smile
  • Eat ice cream
  • Spend time with people you love
  • Laugh until your tummy hurts
  • Go outside and enjoy the weather

The list goes on with tons of enjoyable activities for the kids to do over the weekend. The teacher states that the students are allowed to review their SAT work but only for a maximum of one hour total. It is refreshing to see a teacher who is concerned about his students overall well-being and not simply their grades. The overwhelming response to this note was extremely positive. Parents were so happy that their children were able to have a fun, homework free weekend to enjoy the little things.

He finished the letter by saying, "REMEMBER-Mr. Newport is in charge of worrying- you don't need to. You are amazing and I could not be more proud of you."

Check out the full letter here!