Author Bunmi Laditan noticed what homework was doing to her daughter, so she made a statement
Author Bunmi Laditan said her 10-year-old daughter suffered chest pains. The young girl also would wake up in the dead of the night worrying about her school work.
Laditan, the voice behind the Honest Toddler internet sensation, recognized Maya’s reaction to a heavy dose of homework over the years as a possible path to depression — so she decided to put an end to it.
In an email to Maya’s teachers Thursday, Laditan said her daughter will be “drastically reducing” the amount of homework she does each year.
“She’s not behind academically and very much enjoys school,” Laditan, a mother of three, shared via screenshot on her Facebook page. “We’ve consulted a tutor and a therapist suggested we lighten her workload. Doing 2-3 hours of homework after getting home at 4:30 is leaving little time for her to just be a child and enjoy family time.
“We’d like to avoid her sinking into a depression over this.”
Laditan, who wrote on her page about Maya loving to learn independently, tackled an important issue head-on. She didn’t blame the teachers or the system or — anyone, really. She recognized what wasn’t working for her child and did something about it.
“We all want our children to grow up and succeed in the world,” she wrote. “While I believe in education, I don’t believe for one second that academics should consume a child’s life.”
Studies show homework can cause friction within families.
In fact, Finland’s homework policy, which Laditan mentioned in her post, suggests less is more.
The high-performing Finnish distribute far less homework than in other countries, the students don’t start until they are 7 and they administer one standardized test, which comes during the final year of school. Junior high school teachers in Finland offer nearly half the workload of teachers in the United States; Finland has one of the best educational systems in the world.
Laditan expects her school’s administrators to retort but said she is prepared for the response.
“Going forward, this is a homework-free household, and I don’t care who knows it,” she wrote. “My kid needs to be a kid.”