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Mum wrote to daughter’s teacher declaring their house homework-FREE

One concerned mother sent an email to her daughter’s school, letting her teacher know she won’t be doing homework anymore.

Bunmi Laditan reasons her 10-year-old loves learning and independent reading, but she stresses over homework.

“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.”

Bunmi’s daughter Maya takes part in plenty of extra-curricular activity, going to coding classes, painting and Roblox, things some parents wouldn’t even comprehend.


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But the mum took to Facebook in a lengthy post to ask a series of questions such as:

“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?”

“How does homework until 6:30pm, then dinner, then an hour to relax (or finish the homework) before bed make any sense at all?”

And finally: “Is family time not important? 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?”

Bunmi explains that this system just doesn’t work for her family anymore, but doesn’t blame the teachers for the predicament.

“I want to state that I'm in no way blaming her teachers. They're incredible and I know they have to do things a certain way.”

The mum added: “I can't watch her unravel anymore and be filled with so much stress at age 10.”

The email stated: “Maya will be drastically reducing the amount of homework she does this year.”

“She’s been very stressed and starting to have physical symptoms such as chest pain and waking up at 4am worrying about her school workload.”

However in her post, the mum clearly explains she was trying to be kind:

“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.”

As all mums know the homework debate has been a bone of contention for quite some time, with many people referring to the Finnish educational ideology, and Bunmi does just that too. 

"Did you know that in Finland homework is banned? And that they have the highest rate of college bound students in all of Europe?"

Adding: "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."

"It does not. IT DOES NOT. IT. DOES. NOT."

How do you feel about your child's homework load? Is it too much? Or should it be mandatory?

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