With teachers handing out more assignments than ever, our kids are stressed, sleep deprived and, worst of all, becoming disillusioned with learning. But many frustrated parents are fighting back -- and winning. You can too. Gisela Voss always thought that all the griping about homework overload was way overblown. But once he enrolled at Brown Middle School in , Gisela had a rude awakening.
High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates
Do our kids have too much homework? | Parenting
The college of education at the for-profit University of Phoenix recently took a stab at it, asking Harris Poll to survey teachers about the hours of homework they require and why they assign it. High school teachers interviewed said they assign an average of 3. Middle school teachers grades assigned roughly the same amount: 3. That adds up to 3. K-5 teachers said they assigned an average of 2.
Does homework really work?
A s kids return to school, debate is heating up once again over how they should spend their time after they leave the classroom for the day. The no-homework policy of a second-grade teacher in Texas went viral last week , earning praise from parents across the country who lament the heavy workload often assigned to young students. Brandy Young told parents she would not formally assign any homework this year, asking students instead to eat dinner with their families, play outside and go to bed early. But the question of how much work children should be doing outside of school remains controversial, and plenty of parents take issue with no-homework policies, worried their kids are losing a potential academic advantage. Second graders, for example, should do about 20 minutes of homework each night.
Next time you want to complain about the amount of homework you do, remember that students in Shanghai spend an average of over 14 hours per week on take-home work. A recent brief from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD shows that American year-olds spent an average of six hours a week on homework in By comparison, students from all OECD countries were spending an average of about 4. On the low end of the spectrum, teens from countries like Korea and Finland spent less than three hours a week on after-school work, while teens from Russia spent about 10, and students from Shanghai spent about 14 hours.