A teacher who says she doesn’t believe in homework has caused quite the stir online.
Courtney White, from Texas in the US, refuses to give her pupils “more work” to be completed out of school hours as there’s “no proof” that it’s going to make them a better student.
Sharing the controversial admission on TikTok with her more than half a million followers, she captioned the video: “Students do enough work at school, they don’t need more at home!”
And it wasn’t long before her philosophy sparked a debate on whether homework is a necessity.
While many students agreed with her approach as it motivates them to finish their class work, a few fellow teachers called her out for “not doing her job properly”.
One follower said: “Homework is a big reason why some students get bad grades. They could know everything in class but just not have time to work on it at home.”
Another wrote: “Thank you!! We are already at school for seven hours then we go home and have to do more work!”
A third said: “Having no homework actually motivates me to actually do the classwork.”
And: “The world needs more teachers like you,” added a fourth.
But not everyone agreed with her no homework rule as one person called her out for “not doing her job properly”, reports news.com.au.
Another person said: “Isn’t homework practice to make sure they’re actually learning?” to which she simply responded, “No, it’s not”.
After receiving a few negative comments on her video, the 27-year-old was forced to defend her beliefs.
She said: “I am getting a lot of comments and a lot of people coming at me, a lot of teachers saying I am not doing my job because I am not assigning homework,” she said in the new clip.
“But there is no proof that homework is going to make them better students in my class.
“I respect their time outside of class. They work hard for me all day. They don’t need to go home and do more homework because if they do it at home, it does not show me mastery.”
Although she appreciates that homework is put in place to ensure the students practice what they’ve learnt outside of school, she doesn’t see the point in assigning extra work if the pupil is struggling and perhaps cheating to complete it.
“Some of them are going home and taking care of their younger sibling because their parents are at work, some of them just need to go home and sleep and some of them have to go home and worry about what they’re going to eat because there’s no food at their house,” she added.
“So, if I also give them hours of homework, when do they have time to be kids and relax…so I am a good teacher and I am doing my job.”
Despite the mixed reaction, Courtney still refuses to give her students homework, which she has never done throughout her career.