As school winds down for the year, work seems to pile up for students. There’s end-of-year homework, projects, exams and so much more. It can overwhelm any student. And many parents can feel the tension ramp up, as well.
This year, one parent decided that enough is enough.
Mom’s Bold Statement Goes Viral
Bunmi Laditan wrote an email to her 10-year-old daughter’s teachers informing them that her daughter would be “drastically reducing” the amount of work she completes after school.
Laditan posted her email as part of a Facebook post that has since gone viral. In the post, Laditan asks:
She’s in school from 8:15am-4pm daily so 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?
People from all over, including teachers, responded to the mom’s questions and concerns.
How Much Homework Is Too Much?
But exactly how much homework is too much?
Both the National PTA and the National Education Association recommend the “10-minute rule.” This means a student should have no more than 10 minutes per grade level, per night, combined. For example, a sixth grader should have no more than 60 total minutes of work in all subjects.
However, not all students finish an assignment in the same time frame. So what takes one student 10 minutes make take another 30 minutes to complete.
Also, not every school or teacher follows this rule. According to a 2015 study by The American Journal of Family Therapy, many students receive more than three times the recommended amount of homework.
The study showed that first graders spent 28 minutes nightly on at-home assignments. The same study also showed that kindergartners spend 25 minutes a night on homework, even though the National PTA and NEA do not recommend homework for students at this age.
“It is absolutely shocking to me to find out that particularly kindergarten students (who) are not supposed to have any homework at all … are getting as much homework as a third-grader is supposed to get,” Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, the contributing editor of the study and clinical director of the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology, told CNN.
Not Blaming The Teachers For Excessive Homework
Despite her email to Maya’s teachers, Laditan wanted to make it clear that she did not blame them entirely for the situation. She pointed out every child is different and that most teachers are locked into a certain system. Laditan simply felt she had to do what was best for her child.
What do you think about how much homework students have these days?