And not just where I teach – we live in a very competitive society.” In an effort to examine the relationship among homework, a student’s well-being and behavioral engagement, researchers looked at survey data from 4,317 students from 10 high-performing schools – four public and six private – in upper-middle class neighborhoods.
With parent consent, students completed a 40-minute survey during school.
And it’s something that’s happening here in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, too – but starting even earlier than high school.
In fact, Stacy Brooks, who once served as life skills teacher at Derby Middle School in Birmingham, says many students have expressed feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homework they receive, which ranges from one-and-a-half to three hours each night.
And there benefits; they just tend to plateau around the two-hour mark for high schoolers, the study notes.
So what can be done to stave off the negative effects of too much homework?Your child might be missing Grandpa’s birthday because he’s too busy trying to juggle school with everything else. They are so well-rounded, but they have no free time,” Brooks says.Practice is a key part of learning, so homework isn’t going anywhere.But when it comes to that homework, one study shows that too many hours of assignments are actually negatively impacting kids’ emotional state.High school students who get an average of three hours of homework per night actually experience more stress, physical health issues and lack of balance in their lives, according to research out of Stanford University in California.While all students may groan at the mention of homework, it may be more than just a nuisance for poor and disadvantaged children, instead becoming another burden to carry and contend with.Beyond the logistical issues, homework can negatively impact physical health and stress — and once again this may be a more significant problem among economically disadvantaged youth who typically have a higher stress level than their non-poor peers to begin with.Designate a quiet spot for your child to do homework – one that is free of distractions.Brooks also suggests checking your child’s school’s website or teacher blogs for upcoming homework and projects.One of the great, yet often forgotten problems with homework is how it disproportionately affects students from less affluent families.The American Psychological Association (APA) explained: “Kids from wealthier homes are more likely to have resources such as computers, internet connections, dedicated areas to do schoolwork and parents who tend to be more educated and more available to help them with tricky assignments.