High school teacher's controversial TikTok message: I will not assign homework

Courtney White said she's never assigned homework.
Courtney White said she's never assigned homework. Photo: TikTok

A high school teacher in the US has gone viral for her controversial stance on homework - she refuses to give any.

Courtney White, who teaches high school English, uploaded a TikTok explaining why she never gives homework. She says her students "work hard enough for her during the day" and she doesn't feel like they need extra work after class.

"If they do it at home, it does not show me mastery. It's extra practice, sure, but it's not good practice if they're doing it wrong, it's not good practice if they're cheating, it's not good practice if they're having someone else do it," she said in the clip.

White explained that most of her students already have extra-curricular activities, worries, or responsibilities that keep them busy in the afternoons.

"Some of them are going home and taking care of their younger siblings because their parents are at work," she continued. "Some of them just need to go home and sleep. Some of them have to go home and worry about what they're going to eat because there's no food at their house.

"So, if I also give them hours of homework, when do they have time to be kids? When do they have time to relax? Because when you get off of work, you want to go home and relax."

Many students responded to the video, saying they wish other teachers had the same mindset.

"Having no homework motivates me to actually do the classwork," one student responded.

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Reply to @tafgarcia Me not assigning homework, doesn’t make me any less of a teacher. My kids show me mastery of content in class. ##teachersoftiktok

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"We're humans not robots," agreed another.  

However, not everyone agreed with this approach,

"Isn't homework practice to make sure they're actually learning?" asked TiKTok user.

"I never knew homework was optional to assign," another joked. "Suddenly I have beef with my old teachers."