Homework is a critical part of the education setup in most institutions. However, the discretion of assigning homework always lies with the respective teacher for each subject. Different teachers assign different workloads as take-home assignments for students with some giving out more than is necessary. Excessive homework load, as shown by research, leads to stress and other adverse health complications, especially for kids, but this can also translate to their parents at home.
It is for this reason that NPTA and NEA supports a ten-minute homework period according to the grade level, and a universal limit for homework study. So kids get ten minutes of homework in grade one and about two hours for seniors in high school every night. Exceeding this level of homework becomes detrimental to the kids when it comes to their grades, attitude towards school, social skills, life’s quality, and self-confidence.
Excessive Homework Impact on Kid’s Health
Recent studies show that school going kids receive approximately three times more homework than what recommendations stipulate. Elementary first and second-grade kids received twenty-eight and twenty-nine daily night minutes of homework. Kindergarten kids received twenty-five homework minutes every night in as much as regulatory standards stipulate that they should not receive any at all. Here are some of the reported health impacts on kids and their families.
- Excessive homework can lead to stress within the family setup. It is even worse when parents have limited education and are not so confident in discussing the kid’s work with their schools. Research points out that family fights concerning homework are 200% likelier in families where the parents have no college degree than those families with parents who are well educated. Some even decide to opt-out from the whole homework process or instruct their kids not to carry out their take-home assignments.
The no-homework policy reduces their stress levels, especially in the evenings and afternoons. Further, it becomes easy for the kids to get involved in activities after school.
- High school students, when subjected to so much homework, can develop health complications. A Stanford University research shows that students in a community of high achievers and who spend a lot of time doing homework get more stress, lack a balance in life, experience physical wellbeing problems, and alienated from the society.
The study also suggested that homework that spun over two hours every night stands counterproductive. Over 70% of the learners admitted to getting stressed over homework, while 56% listed assignments as a key stress element. Only 1% of the respondents in the research talked of homework as a non-stress element.
Many students of over 80% admitted to having experienced at least one of the physical manifestation of stress such as headaches, sleep deprivation, exhaustion, stomach problems, and weight loss over the last one month. Another 44% reported at least three or more of the stress symptoms.
Studies also show that students who spend more time doing assignments dot meet other vital developmental requirements or critical skills of life. They likely forgo meeting and seeing friends, doing certain activities, and participating in some of their hobbies. It mainly arises because students feel obligated to pick homework over these activities as homework contributes to their grades directly.
The impact of homework on students’ lean towards counter-productivity as research findings show that the disadvantages are more grave than what students and family as the whole benefit from the after-school assignments.