24/05/2011 11:06 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Mum Petitions For Abolition Of Homework

Mum petitions for abolition of homework PA

A mum has attempted to rally parents in her neighborhood to petition for the BANNING of homework.

The mother, whose name has not been released to the press, reportedly emailed other mums and dads in New Jersey urging them to join her in a homework boycott. She said her own child was 'overworked' with hours of study every evening.

Pupils at the Maplewood high school spoke to CBS news about the amount of work they are given. One student, Maddy Reichman, said she had at least 'two or three hours' a night, whilst some of her fellow students said this can often rise to three or four hours of work.

Maddie told the news network: 'I play sports so it's really tough to have practice right after school and come home at 6:30 and then do my homework, eat, do my chores, do everything.'

One of the parents at the school, Jeff Schnorr, agreed the children had too much work, saying: 'My daughter is frequently up until midnight doing homework, sometimes past. Last night it was 2 am.'

Despite the unnamed mum's email campaign, not many students think a blanket ban on homework is the answer - they just want a bit less of it. One pupil told reporters: 'I'm not sure we could ever abolish it 100 percent, because it helps me sometimes.'

Would you ever undertake a similar campaign?
Do you think your kids get too much homework?
Do you tell the school if you think there is too much?
Or do you let them get away with not doing it?