The mother of a 10-year-old girl emailed her school to say her daughter is "done" with homework.
On April 25, Quebec-based American blogger, Bunmi Laditan, shared on Facebook the sincere email she wrote to the school. She said the amount of homework being assigned to her young daughter was too stressful.
"Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year," the email reads, Daily Mail reports. "She’s been very stressed and is starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4am worrying about her school workload."
Laditan continued: "She’s not behind academically and she very much enjoys school. We’ve consulted with a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing two to three hours of homework after getting home at 4.30 pm is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time. We’d like to avoid her sinking into depression over this."
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On Facebook, Laditan explained the rationale behind the letter, saying, "My kid is done with homework. 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."
She says her daughter spends every day from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. doing homework, which significantly cuts down her play and family time.
"Is family time not important?" she asked. "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?"
She added: "Children need downtime after school the same way adults need downtime after work. They need to play with their siblings. They need to bond with their parents in a relaxed atmosphere, not one where everyone is stressed about fractions because -- SURPRISE -- I'm not a teacher."
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Luditan said the excess work is killing her natural appetite for learning, reports People.
"My 10-year-old loves learning," Laditan wrote. "She independently reads 10-12 chapter books a year and regularly researches topics that interest her ... but over 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 made sure to clarify that "the system" is the problem, and not Maya's teachers, whom she praised as being "incredible."
The mother's stand against the system has been commented on and shared more than 16,000 times in three days, receiving all kinds of comments from other parents.
"As a child psychologist, I'd like to say: THANK YOU for being brave in taking this stance, and standing up for what you know to be the right choice for your daughter!" one user wrote.
Another commented: "As a fourth grade teacher, I fully support this. 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."