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Dear Teachers: Please Stop Assigning Homework. It’s Discriminatory

 Most teachers come from a middle-class background, a two-parent household, or at least from a certain level of education.

Translation: most teachers come from some kind of privileged background.

I would know. I’m one of them.

But since becoming a single dad — especially on a night like tonight — I’m beginning to realize just how privileged (read: naive) many of us educators are.

Because it’s 5:30 at night on a school night and I just got done helping my son with his homework. Which is no BFD, except for the fact that I’m lucky that my 1st grade daughter doesn’t have any…because then I would have to be bouncing between each of them.

While trying to get dinner ready, getting chores done, and the host of other things the rest of us have to do on any given day to function.

Now imagine I’m a single mom who has four kids. Or a family who just recently moved to the country and is still struggling with understanding English. Or…I could go on and on here, but I think we all get the point.

As much as we preach equity as educators, many of our practices are anything but equitable.

Oh, and we expect these same families — who are dealing with bigger stresses like financial insecurity — to also spend meaningful time with their kids. To make well balanced meals. To sit with their kids at the dinner table and ask how their day was.

We ask lower-class families to be fucking superman, and then blame them when they can’t get it all done.

And I’m honestly sick and tired of it.

Because I myself am extremely privileged, and I struggle balancing it all some days.

So if you’re an educator who truly wants to close the education gap between the haves and the have-nots, homework isn’t going to accomplish it. In fact, it’s only going to increase it.

As far as my household goes tonight, my daughter will be eating a slice of leftover cheese pizza, while my son will be eating a bowl of Mac and Cheese.

And maybe tomorrow, we’ll be boycotting your dumbass homework assignment (no offense).

In the meantime, I’m hoping to sit with my kids for 15 minutes before I have to get them in the bath, only to do it all over again.