Let’s normalize no homework

Some schools are crushing kids and parents

Mike Holden
2 min readOct 21, 2023

Why do second graders have homework?

It crushes the kids and the parents. If you can’t get it done during the regular school day, too bad; put it away and get back at it the next day.

Sometimes,it feels like we’re training our elementary school students in America to take work home with them from their 9-to-5 jobs when they grow up.

In our old school district, they didn’t give any homework in elementary school, and I personally thanked the superintendent for this. I’m ready for this trend to go viral. Seven-year-olds don’t need homework.

I’m more ok with the kids having as they get older, like in middle and high school. However, it’s clear to me that no one is monitoring the big picture in many schools, so you can end up with five or six teachers all assigning 30–60 minutes worth of homework on the same night, or with two or three of them scheduling tests for the same day.

At the same time, kids are hearing that they need to be well-rounded to get into college and that they should have sports, hobbies and volunteer activities to list on applications.

So after a six-or-so hour day in the school building, they should do at least two to three hours of homework, and also go to…



Mike Holden

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