Some teachers and parents might have some questions in their minds. Why is homework bad? Some research suggests that when students gets homework that are out of their capacity level. It can result in stress for both parents and students.
The National Education Association(NEA) and National PTA(NPTA) have supported a standard of 10 minutes of homework per grade level. Some data have shown that just as homework is essential to students’ grades and GPA. It also has a detrimental side effect on their grades, self-confidence, social skills, and quality of life.
In recent studies, cases have shown where elementary school gets three times the standard homework. Research has found out that the first and second graders got 28-29 minutes of homework per night.
Kindergartners get 25minutes of homework per night on an average, which is not standard according to the NEA and NPTA. Stephanie Donaldson, a contributing editor, found it shocking that kindergarteners got so much work. All the extra homework will leave the family stressed, especially the parents.
Some research showed that some families fight about students’ homework, especially parents without a college degree. Some parents have instructed their younger children not to do homework. These parents have reported that the no-homework policy has helped to easy their afternoons as their children can be more involved in after school activities.
Consequences for High School Students
Some studies prove that high school students are overburdened with homework, which affects their health. In 2013, research carried out by the University of Stanford found out that students experience stress in different ways.
For instance, students in high-achieving communities spend plenty of time on homework and experience more stress, health problems, and lack of balance in their lives. This study was published in the Journal of Experimental Education. The research also suggested that more than two hours of study will be unproductive.
Another study by the University of New York in 2015 noted their findings. Their main focus was on how students at high-status private schools cope with pressure from school, college application, extracurricular activities, and expectations from parents.
The study, which was on Frontier in Psychology, found severe health effects for high school students. Examples include chronic stress, emotional exhaustion, and alcohol and drug use. Interviews with students, teachers, and administrators were involved in the research.
Almost half of the students received up to three hours of homework every night. Some also have to take college-level classes and succeed at after school activities. A lot of students feel as though they are asked to work as adults as the workload is not appropriate for the development stage.
Some students have reported their inability to relax or enjoy creative activities. More than two-thirds of students resorted to using drugs to cope with stress, especially marijuana. These results have led researchers to express their worries over high school students getting burned out before college.
As experts continue to deliberate on the pros and cons of homework, most have come to agree that the quality of homework is more important than the quantity. Pope, a co-author, argued that homework should have a purpose and benefit. Homework should be designed to improve learning and development.