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.
Teens were asked about homework load/usefulness, time for other activities, stress and more.
Questions included: Kids were asked to rate them on a five-point scale, from 1 (never) to 5 (always).
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.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.And, it turns out, they could be experiencing some negative effects of too much homework, in particular.As parents, we want to raise well-rounded children who will become successful adults, so we keep them active in school clubs, sports and more – and make sure they stay on top of school stuff.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.So while they may not necessarily have to help their children with their homework, they do have to stay on top of it – and know how much their child has, when it’s due, etc.According to the study, it also impacts the quality and quantity of family time.Kids from disadvantaged homes are more likely to work at afterschool jobs, or to be home without supervision in the evenings while their parents work multiple jobs.” [RELATED] How to Advance Your Career: A Guide for Educators While students growing up in more affluent areas are likely playing sports, participating in other recreational activities after school, or receiving additional tutoring, children in disadvantaged areas are more likely headed to work after school, taking care of siblings while their parents work or dealing with an unstable home life.Adding homework into the mix is one more thing to deal with — and if the student is struggling, the task of completing homework can be too much to consider at the end of an already long school day.