Mom that criticizes homework starts debate

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Photo: Flickr

Writer and mother Bunmi Laditan started a conversation on social media after she posted a letter she wrote to her daughter’s teachers saying that the 10-year-old was “done” with homework.

In the Facebook post, she explains that her daughter loves learning, reading and coding, but she has, over the years, become more stressed due to homework.

Laditan says that the child is at school from 8:15 AM to 4 PM, and when she arrives home, she still has to put on 2 or 3 more hours to complete her homework.

This, the mother says, leaves no time for playing, family activities or even relaxing.

“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?”

She recalls the case of Finland, where homework is banned and students are top performers in international tests.

The post has thousands of likes and comments and has started a debate.

Some parents agree with Laditan in that students must have time to relax, and teachers have shared their experience banning homework and getting better grades.

But others worry that if parents don’t motivate their children to put their greatest effort in school, they could fall behind.