The laments about too much homework — as well as laments about too little homework — have existed as long as the idea of schooling itself. Today, as the majority of researches across the US schools show, the amount of assigned homework is on the rise. It increases both in pre-K, first years of learning and in high school altogether. So maybe it is a logical consequence of scientific advances and complicated reality we have live in? Before we delve into details, it is worth looking at roots of this homework hysteria, to put it bluntly. As one impressive scholarly investigation explains, the loads of home assignments were always going through the same circle: more tasks — less tasks — more tasks — less tasks, and so on.
Are students are receiving too much homework? | Scholastic
I have so many fond memories from holiday seasons growing up: the smell of delicious food being made by my Mexican and Filipino families, warm light on the faces of my relatives, and lots of laughter. As I got older, though, things changed—mostly because I had so much homework to do. Instead of joking with our relatives at the holidays, my brother and I would often sequester ourselves at the edge of the room, thick textbooks open and pens in our hands. When we did attend, the ramifications could be intense. During one spring break, I chose to go to an Easter party with my family.
It used to be that students were the only ones complaining about the practice of assigning homework. For years, teachers and parents thought that homework was a necessary tool when educating children. But studies about the effectiveness of homework have been conflicting and inconclusive, leading some adults to argue that homework should become a thing of the past.
Reality Check went to Sutton Community Academy in Nottinghamshire to try to find some answers, working with a group of School Reporters from Years 7 to 9. But where does the limit lie? When does too much homework become too stressful, and therefore counter-productive?