Is homework bad? YES! According to research, when students handle a lot of work out of synchronization with their level of development, it could develop significant stress for both parents and children. The National Parents and Teachers Association (NPTA) and National Education Association (NEA) support an average of ten minutes of homework assignment per grade level. They also recommend setting a limit on post-school studying. Experts warn that there may be downsides for small children who do more homework disobeying the ten minutes per grade standard. Donaldson-Pressman told CNN that data shows too much homework doesn’t contribute much to a child’s GPA or grades. She says that too much homework causes deterring attitudes about school, self-confidence, overall classes, quality of life, and social skills. However, a most recent study indicates that kids in early elementary school receive almost three times the average homework. Research by The American Journal in 2015 by 1,100 parents from Rhode Island reveals that 1st and 2nd graders receive approximately 30 minutes of homework in a single night. Kids in kindergarten receive 25 minutes on average, but the NEA and NPTA standards suggest that they should not get homework. All these assignments can lead to family stress. Research indicates that most family fights regarding homework were 200% likely if the parents did not have a college degree(s). In some cases, the parents choose to detach themselves entirely from the whole homework charade.
Consequences affecting high school students
A different study reveals that overburdening students in high school with assignments might take a toll on their well-being. Stanford university in 2013 found that high-performing students who make too much time doing homework may experience more stress, lack of balance in life, physical health problems, and societal alienation. These findings suggest that any homework more than 2 hours in time equivalence per night might be counterproductive. Students who took part in the study confirm doing, on average, slightly more than 3 hours every night.
When conducting the study, 4,300 students from 10 high-performing schools took part. The interview extends to the student’s view of homework. More than 70% of those students confirm having stress over schoolwork. 56% of them list homework as the primary stressor. Only a few students, less than 1%, did not find homework to be stressful. More than 80% of students report having stress-related symptoms during the previous months. 44% report experiencing three or more symptoms including, headache, sleep deprivation, stomach problems, exhaustion, etc. They also found that too much homework time meant students weren’t meeting their development needs or nurturing other crucial life skills. Students were most likely to let go of activities, reduce spending time with family or friends, and have trouble participating in hobbies. Most students feel an obligation to choose between other talents and doing homework.
The pressure to work like an adult takes a toll
An average student in high school attracts so much pressure, including extracurricular activities, college applications, and parent’s expectations. Homework could have a negative effect that manifests through chronic stress, drugs and substance abuse, and emotional exhaustion. In another research, students report receiving at least 3 hours of homework every night. Many students state that they feel the pressure to work hard as an adult. They also add that their workload seems inappropriate for their development and have little time for recreational activities. Two-thirds of the students admit resorting to drugs and alcohol to cope with stress.
Despite homework being a resourceful tool in educational advancement, tutors should be careful not to misuse it as it can have negative impacts on learners.