OFFSTAGE: Fourth Graders Have Keith Urban to Thank

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Oh, to be a fourth grader at the Burks Middle School in Monterey, Tenn., right now. Because of Keith Urban, they are going back to school this year with some very good news: NO HOMEWORK ALL YEAR. Seriously. Because their teacher, Patty Sloan, went to Urban’s Knoxville concert recently with a sign that said: “I told my class no more homework for the rest of the year if I got my picture made with you.” According to The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville , she got the idea when she learned that Urban hated school as a kid, so maybe she had a hunch he’d see the brilliance in her plan. I mean, Urban likely would have loved it if a teacher had made him that kind of promise. He must’ve loved the idea, because he brought Sloan onstage, and they had their picture taken together. Her class is said to be on top of the world. But Sloan did more than just give them a year-long break from homework. She showed them that you can make your dreams come true.