‘A race to the bottom’: California Dem seeks to ban ‘excessive homework’

Democrats are all about feelings, and what feels better than having little to no homework?

The state of California is racked with plenty of problems, but too much homework is apparently right at the top of the list for California State Assemblymember Pilar Schiavo.

“Homework is exhausting. It’s overwhelming, ” her sixth-grade daughter Sofia Johnson told Fox 40. “It’s depressing that my whole day- from when I wake up to when I go to bed- is nearly all taken up with schoolwork.”

As a result, Schiavo is out to make generational change.

“I think this is going to make a huge impact for students,” Schiavo said. “The times have changed and our homework policies don’t always change with the times, so we need to make sure we are addressing issues that are effective and also don’t harm kids.”

The Democrat’s bill, “The Healthy Homework Act,” does not outright ban homework, but does “mandate local school boards and educational agencies to establish homework policies that consider impacts on students’ physical and mental health all with input from parents, teachers, and students themselves,” the Fox affiliate reported.

A survey conducted by Stanford University and the nonprofit organization Challenge Success reportedly found that 45% of students say workload and homework is their #1 source of stress — more than 300,000 students participated.

“If it’s such a source of stress for kids, and we know taking stress off kids’ plates will make a difference in their mental health, this is something that can practically impact kids’ mental health overnight,” said Schiavo.

Because we are talking about Democrats, Fox 40 said there is an “equity” component “since some lower socioeconomic backgrounds may not have access to resources at home like high-speed internet.”

This is a sentiment California Teacher of the Year Casey Cuny is on board with.

“A child’s grade should not be dependent on the resources they have at home to do the homework,” Cuny told Fox 40. “I truly believe the resources should be dependent on the learning that takes place in the classroom with the professional. That’s why I support this bill – because in the end, it will be what’s best for kids.”

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story, as seen on X:

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