When the lesson is about to end and the teacher announces homework requirements, they might think that a three or four session stuck behind more books and writing after school has finished is going to further their education. But piling on the homework will not help children advance in school, in fact, it could well have the reverse effect entirely.
Do you get too much homework?
A study by a group of Australian researchers found the average scores of relating to students’ academic performances against the amount of homework dished out at the end of the school day, showed clearly that when more time was spent on homework students were getting lower scores. The research clearly suggested that placing too much homework can cause lower grades and even lead pupils to begin suffering from depression.
Can homework cause depression? Yes, if a pupil is inundated with too much homework their life balance is thrown out of all proportion. All children and adults too should adopt an 8-8-8 circadian rhythm to life where eight hours work, eight hours play and eight hours rest (sleep) plays an important factor in how we all roll.
A typical school day might begin at 9 am and complete by 3.15pm, so piling on three hours of nightly homework means schoolchildren must endure seven hours at school (including traveling time) and three hours of homework, thus robbing the child of two hours downtime.
Often to make matters worse, teachers will give pupils homework that is both time-consuming and will undoubtedly keep them busy while being totally non-productive. Some examples include History teachers asking pupils to hand write (word for word) pages 113 to 139 of a textbook on The French Revolution. Such remedial homework will do nothing to improve pupil’s scores in exams or up their grades.
There is certainly no advocacy for the abolishing of homework here; simply that the amount and quality of a child’s extracurricular work after school be re-examined. Good quality homework practices have been adopted in Finland where schoolchildren were given just 30 minutes per night to spend on homework and none at weekends. The kids were stress-free and scored highly in their grades.
Many parents are even beginning to advocate time limits on a number of homework minutes dished out each night. Stress, depression and lower grades are the last things any parent wants for their child.
For those who wish to try and help themselves, there are lots of books and other material that can help combat stress and depression.
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Can too much homework make your child sick? Study finds 'clear connection' between students' stress and physical illness
By Daily Mail Reporter
Published: 16:04 GMT, 21 March 2014 | Updated: 16:04 GMT, 21 March 2014
Doing more than three hours of homework per night may be making your child sick.
A study conducted by Stanford Graduate School of Educationsurveyed more than 4,300 students from ten high-performing public and private high schools in affluent California communities, and found that excessive homework causes high stress levels and physical health problems.
'We found a clear connection between the students' stress and physical impacts -- migraines, ulcers and other stomach problems, sleep deprivation and exhaustion, and weight loss,' co-author of the study, Denise Pope, told CNN.
A study conducted by Stanford Graduate School of Education found that excessive homework causes high stress levels and physical health problems for children
Published in the Journal of Experimental Education, the study found that while three hours of homework per night was 'average' for these students, there were children doing 'way more' - as many as five hours per night.
Fifty-six per cent of the students in the study cited homework as a primary stressor in their lives,
despite the fact that most U.S. students' homework load has remained relatively stable since 1984, according to the Brookings Institute's 2014 Brown Center Report on American Education.
But in privileged schools, where competition among students is fierce and pressure of high academic performance overwhelming, many students describe schoolwork as a dominating force in their lives.
with many parents worried that they had not seen their children for an entire weekend because they were attempting to complete homework assignments.
'We need intervention around homework,' said Ms Pope, adding that it's not just with high school students: 'We have the same data from the younger years.'
'We found a clear connection between the students' stress and physical impacts'
The fact that children growing up in poverty are at-risk for serious disturbances including drug and alcohol abuse, depression and anxiety, is well-supported by research and widely accepted.
But a growing body of research, including Ms Pope's study, reveals that privileged children may also be at risk thanks to the unrelenting pressure placed on them in school.
'When you say that poverty is a risk factor, that doesn't mean that all poor kids are troubled,' explained Suniya S. Luthar, professor of psychology at Arizona State University. 'It's exactly the same for upper-middle-class children of upwardly mobile families.
'All we are saying is that a larger proportion of these children are at risk, as compared to the average American community.'
Ms Pope said the magic number when it comes to homework is 'nothing over two hours' for highs school and 'no more than 90 minutes' in middle school.
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