In a Facebook post now going viral, Laditan shared an email she sent to her daughter Maya's teacher explaining her plan to "drastically reduce" the amount of homework Maya will do. But she admits in a longer post that this was an understatement. "I said 'drastically reduce' but I was trying to be polite because she's finished," she wrote.
Here's the email Laditan sent to her daughter's teachers:
In the accompanying post, she explains that her daughter "loves learning" and "independently reads 10-12 chapter books a year" in addition to taking coding classes, painting, and "something called Roblox that I don't fully understand" (us neither). "But over the past four years I've noticed her getting more and more stressed when it comes to school," she wrote. "And by stressed I mean chest pains, waking up early, and dreading school in general."
She emphasized wanting her daughter to have "family time" and time to "relax at home" instead of becoming "some kind of junior workaholic at 10-years-old."
You can read her whole post here:
Laditan argued that having a child in school from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day followed by two to three hours of homework is too much. "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," she wrote. "It does not."
She also made it clear in a comment that she doesn't blame her daughter's teachers in any way:
Clearly, her post struck a chord with lots and lots of parents, teachers, and at least one child psychologist. The post has received thousands of comments, many of them agreeing and thanking her for her "brave" stance:
Two or three hours of homework a day really is excessive if you think about it. But should we declare it "done" entirely?
Honestly, that sounds great. Now how do we go back in time to elementary school and get all those hours of playtime back?