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Mom Says Her Child is 'Done With Homework' - And Teachers Have Her Back

When a mom of three saw her eldest daughter struggling under the weight of her homework, she wrote an email to the school saying her daughter wouldn't be doing it anymore, and she then went on Facebook to express her frustration.

"My kid is done with homework," Bunmi Laditan, an author and parenting blogger, wrote in a post on April 25.

"I just sent an email to her school letting her know she's all done. I said 'drastically reduce" but I was trying to be polite because she's finished."

 

 

"[O]ver the past four years I've noticed her getting more and more stressed when it comes to school. And by stressed I mean chest pains, waking up early, and dreading school in general," Laditan wrote. "She's in school from 8:15 am - 4 pm daily so someone please explain to me why she should have 2-3 hours of homework to do every night?"

She went on to add: "I want her to be mentally and emotionally healthy. I want her to know that work is not life, it's part of life."

The mom's post opened up the floodgates not just for parents, but educators who left comments saying they felt the same:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statistics show a massive jump in homework as students move up in school, and there's little evidence that more homework means more achievement.

The University of Phoenix surveyed teachers across all grade levels, and found that "middle school teachers (grades 6-8) assigned ... 3.2 hours of homework a week, or 38.4 minutes a day per class. That adds up to 3.2 hours of homework a night for a student with five classes."

Another study, published in the American Journal of Family Therapy in 2015, found that students across all grade levels "are getting significantly more homework than is recommended by education leaders, in some cases nearly three times as much," according to CNN. The burden extends even to kindergartners, who are getting nearly half an hour of homework every night.

And parents have had enough of it, venting about how much homework their kids get, how much time it takes every night, and praising teachers who find another way.

 

 

 

 

 

Other parents then chimed in to say they've also drastically cut back on the amount of homework their kids do, or opted out entirely, and it's working out fine for them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A comprehensive 2006 study found that "elementary kids who do homework fare no better in school than kids who do not", and that while "homework in middle school and high school correlates with higher achievement ... there is a threshold in middle school: Achievement does not continue to increase when kids do more than an hour of homework each night," according to Slate.

Some schools are shifting the way homework is assigned. One second grade teacher in Texas went viral with a letter she sent to parents declaring that she wouldn't be assigning homework, and a number of other schools in the U.S. and Canada are following suit, making it an informal requirement, or not including it in determining grades.

Laditan hasn't publicized the school's reaction to her email, but made it clear in her post that she's not backing down.

"Going forward, this is a homework-free household and I don't care who knows it," she wrote. "My kid needs to be a kid."

Read the mom's full Facebook post and email below.