Teacher's Amazing 'Homework' Assignment Goes Viral

Ride a bike, read a book—but don't study for longer than an hour
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2016 5:00 PM CDT
Updated May 10, 2016 12:47 AM CDT
Teacher's Amazing 'Homework' Assignment Goes Viral

Students in the UK are taking their standardized tests this week, and one teacher's "homework" assignment in advance of the testing is going viral, Mashable reports. "It is vital that you use your time this weekend wisely," reads the piece of paper handed out last week, before going on to list some activities the students should complete: ride a bike, read a book, eat some ice cream, watch some TV, go swimming, play with friends, or just relax, to name a few. "Remember," the note reads, "Mrs. Thom is in charge of worrying—you don't need to. You are all amazing and I couldn't be more proud of you." She adds that if students feel they must study, they should do so for no longer than one hour.

Since the Early Years Foundation Stage Facebook page posted the note on Saturday, the photo has been shared more than 65,000 times. Commenters are praising the teacher's perspective: "Our children should be allowed to have a childhood," says one. Another happily posted a similar letter from one of her children's teachers that reads in part, "We don't need a test to tell us how amazing you are, nor will this test determine how successful you will be in the future." And the BBC shares yet another similar note sent out to students, reading, "The SATs test does not assess all of what makes each of you special and unique." (More uplifting news stories.)

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