By: Krystle Crossman
Children come home from public schools with hours of homework each night. By the time they are done with their assignments it is dinner time or time for sports and extracurriculars. After that, it is time for them to crawl into bed for a good night’s rest to be up at dawn to finish any homework that they may have left and to head off to school for another long day. There is no time to be a kid anymore with the amount of work that is being piled on. Bunmi Laditan is a mother who is fed up with watching her child stress out over how much work she has to do and so she did something about it.
Laditan wrote a letter to her daughter’s teacher stating that her daughter would be doing considerably less homework every night because of the toll it is taking. She said that her daughter would come home with 2-3 hours of homework each night and had no time to be a kid anymore. She said that her child was waking up at 4am because she was stressed about her homework and was starting to have chest pains. Her daughter does well in school, is not behind in any of her classes, but the stress of all of the homework it proving to be too much.
10-year-old Maya just wants to be a kid but with such a huge workload when she gets home from school there is no time for anything fun. She doesn’t get home from school until 4:30pm, has 2-3 hours of work, and then she has to get ready for bed. There is no time for play, for friends, for anything that she enjoys doing to relax. Laditan consulted with a therapist as well as a tutor and after speaking with them she sent the letter to Maya’s teacher. She is concerned about family time as Maya does not get much of that, even on the weekends. She states that everyone in the house is stressed because they are trying to help Maya with homework but it is difficult for all of them. She says that they are also doing homework on Sundays so weekend fun is out of the question. Laditan says that education is extremely important but so is kid time. She says, “I don’t care if she goes to Harvard one day. My kid needs to be a kid.”