A Stanford researcher found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance and even alienation from society. More than two hours of homework a night may be counterproductive, according to the study. Education scholar Denise Pope has found that too much homework has negative effects on student well-being and behavioral engagement. Image credit: L. A Stanford researcher found that too much homework can negatively affect kids, especially their lives away from school, where family, friends and activities matter. The researchers used survey data to examine perceptions about homework, student well-being and behavioral engagement in a sample of 4, students from 10 high-performing high schools in upper-middle-class California communities.
Huge schools are still being built even though we know that students tend to fare better in smaller places that lend themselves to the creation of democratic caring communities. Many children who are failed by the academic status quo are forced to repeat a grade even though research shows that this is just about the worst course of action for them. To begin with, I discovered that decades of investigation have failed to turn up any evidence that homework is beneficial for students in elementary school. The only effect that does show up is more negative attitudes on the part of students who get more assignments.
A brand-new study on the academic effects of homework offers not only some intriguing results but also a lesson on how to read a study -- and a reminder of the importance of doing just that: reading studies carefully rather than relying on summaries by journalists or even by the researchers themselves. Let's start by reviewing what we know from earlier investigations. In fact, there isn't even a positive correlation between, on the one hand, having younger children do some homework vs.