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25th Sep 2018

Rob Delaney is complaining about the amount of homework his 7-year-old son gets

Jade Hayden

Rob Delaney is complaining about the amount of homework his seven-year-old son gets.

The actor and comedian took to Twitter this morning to ask how to “stop” teachers giving children so much work to do outside of school hours.

He said that he wants to see his child “… frolicking and drawing and playing football.”

Delaney wrote: 

“Why do they give 7 yr olds so much homework in UK & how do I stop this. I want my kid frolicking & drawing & playing football. Who knows more about stopping this madness & can help me?

“Love our kids’ school & teachers (including heads) just sense they’re being told to “teach to the test” just like in America, where people are obviously stupid.”

The dad’s string of tweets has since garnered almost 3,000 likes with many other parents agreeing that too much is expected of children outside school hours.

Many also argued that homework should be banned entirely.

Delaney was in the news recently for penning an emotive article about the death of his youngest son, Henry.

The comedian lost his son to cancer last year after the toddler developed a fatal brain tumour in 2016.

On Medium, he wrote that when Henry got sick, he started writing a book about living with a sick child. However, now he knows that the book will never be finished.

He said:

“Henry was a joy. He was smart, funny, and mischievous and we had so many wonderful adventures together, particularly after he’d moved home following fifteen months living in hospitals.

“His tumor and surgery left him with significant physical disabilities, but he quickly learned sign language and developed his own method of getting from A to B shuffling on his beautiful little bum.

“His drive to live and to love and to connect was profound.”

Delaney and wife Leah have three sons together.