Many students felt forced or obligated to choose homework over developing other talents or skills."Our findings on the effects of homework challenge the traditional assumption that homework is inherently good," said Denise Pope, Ph D, a senior lecturer at the Stanford University School of Education, and a co-author of a study.A smaller New York University study published in 2015 noted similar findings.
And all those extra assignments may lead to family stress, especially when parents with limited education aren’t confident in their ability to talk with the school about their child’s work.
Some parents, in fact, have decided to opt out of the whole thing.
For kids in first grade, that means 10 minutes a night, while high school seniors could get two hours of work per night.
Experts say there may be real downsides for young kids who are pushed to do more homework than the “10 minutes per grade” standard.
That study, published in The Journal of Experimental Education, suggested that any more than two hours of homework per night is counterproductive.
However, students who participated in the study reported doing slightly more than three hours of homework each night, on average.
When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were “often or always stressed over schoolwork,” with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor.
Less than 1 percent of the students said homework was not a stressor.
To conduct the study, researchers surveyed more than 4,300 students at 10 high-performing high schools in upper middle-class California communities.
They also interviewed students about their views on homework.