If you feel like your kids often have more paperwork to finish before bedtime than the average corporate lawyer or money trader, you’ll cheer – like we did – for the mom and author whose recent anti-homework Facebook post went viral.
“My kid is done with homework,” author and humorist Bunmi Laditan wrote in a lengthy tirade/Facebook post. “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.”
Even if you’re the type who thinks nightly homework is a fine (character building!) idea, you’ll likely be swayed by Laditan’s rock-solid reasoning. After witnessing her 10-year-old daughter get increasingly stressed and anxious about the volume of schoolwork she had to contend with, Laditan did her research and concluded that it made no sense for her kid to continue working once she’d put in a full school day. “Children do not need hours of homework time to succeed, yet we act like sitting at a kitchen table after a full day at school somehow makes sense,” she writes. “It does not. IT DOES NOT. IT. DOES. NOT.”
What’s more, Laditan points out, homework takes away kids’ much-needed downtime and quality, unstructured time with family and friends. “Is family time not important?” Laditan asks. “Is time spent just being a child relaxing at home not important? Or should she become some kind of junior workaholic at 10 years old?”
While Laditan is best known as the brains and voice behind the snort-laugh-inducing Honest Toddler book and Twitter account, as well the brilliantly accurate title Toddlers are A**holes (It’s Not Your Fault) and the upcoming novel Confessions of a Domestic Failure, the homework-banning post has clearly resonated with a ton of like-minded parents. As of May 1, the post has been Liked more than 72,000 times and shared by more than 20,000. And perhaps even more surprisingly, tons of teachers chimed in in the comments, agreeing that Laditan is definitely onto something.
Kinda makes us want to write a similar email to a teacher or two we know. How about you?