After Bunmi Ladita’s 10-year-old daughter began having chest pain and waking up in the middle of the night, this mother decided to email her daughter’s school to tell them she was done with homework and never making one again.
In the email, the writer, blogger, and mother of three, explains that her daughter loves learning but the workload is beginning to take serious bad effect on her well-being. In a Facebook post explaining her decision, she wrote:
“She’s in school from 8:15am – 4pm daily so someone please explain to me why she should have 2-3 hours of homework to do every night? […] Is family time not important? Is time spent just being a child and relaxing at home not important? Or should she become some sort of junior workaholic at 10 years old?”
Laditan’s post immediately went viral, and now has over 56,000 likes and 13,000 shares. Parents and teachers praised her decision, and have shared their own sentiments to limit or completely remove homework for students.
“As a fourth grade teacher, I fully support this,” one woman commented. “In fact, I have not given my students the first night of homework this year, and their academic growth has been just as much or more as I’ve seen from other classes in the past. Not to mention the fact that they seem much less stressed and ready to learn when they walk into my classroom.”
In her letter, Laditan also points out that in Finland, students do not take home worksheets, and yet they still have the highest rate of college-bound students in Europe. Although, the research on the effects of homework has been inconclusive.
The last comprehensive study was a 2006 meta-analysis by Duke University, that found homework helped older students perform better academically, but didn’t necessarily help students in younger grades, like Laditan’s daughter.