A Mum in the States is going viral after writing an e-mail to her daughter's school telling them that her daughter would be 'drastically reducing the amount of homework she does.'
She posted the following message on her Facebook page where it has since received thousands of likes and shares.
"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.
My 10-year-old loves learning. She independently reads 10-12 chapter books a year and regularly researches topics that interest her (right now she's writing a story about wolves)...
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.
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 6:30, then dinner, then an hour to relax (or finish the homework) before bed make any sense at all?
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?
I suppose I'll hear from her school tomorrow. We have some decisions to make. But going forward, this is a homework-free household and I don't care who knows it. My kid needs to be a kid."
The Mum did make clear that she in no way attributes the situation to the teachers at the school, adding that "They're incredible and I know they have to do things in a certain way."
Do you think banning homework in a situation like this is okay? Or is dealing with stress like this just part of growing up?
Source: Essential Kids