Study: Kids Have Too Much Homework

I've heard of 'overnighters' to get papers finished in college, but for high school homework?

A new study published by The American Journal of Family Therapy shows kids are being assigned much more than the recommended amount of homework. 

Here's what I found from the National PTA:

Both National PTA and the National Education Association endorse the 10-minute rule, which states that the maximum amount of homework (all subjects combined) should not exceed 10 minutes per grade level per night. That is, a 1st-grader should have no more than 10 minutes of homework, a 6th-grader no more than 60 minutes, and a 12th-grader no more than two hours.

But according to this CNN article, parents surveyed reported their children are being assigned, in some cases, three times more than that! Often times even kindergartners are taking home school work, which is not recommended. 

If parents feel like their child's assignments are excessive, parenting experts told CNN, talk to their teacher and ask how long it was expected to take. 

In the meantime, here are some helpful tips from the National PTA to help balance that classroom time with some downtime:

Children benefit when their time outside of school includes not only academics but play, productive hobbies, family time, and downtime. You can encourage balance in your child's life in three ways:

*Allow your child some downtime. "Unproductive" activities, such as watching TV, listening to music, or taking an hour to get ready for bed, actually rest the brain while allowing it to process the day's events. 

*Consider limiting your child's outside activities. If you feel your child has no downtime, he or she is probably overscheduled. Maybe homework wouldn't be so stressful if it weren't sandwiched between numerous outside activities. Ask your child to rank the importance of each activity in which he or she is involved and to choose at least one activity to temporarily eliminate.

*Make family time a priority. Most busy parents try to plan quality family time, but often the best family time just happens. It happens when families are not rushed, when there's no agenda. Ask your child's teacher and principal to honor family time by limiting daily homework, especially on weekends and school holidays.

When it comes to the when/where for homework, experts say there is no one size fits all. Parents should determine a time it needs to be done by so it doesn't interfer with bedtime. 

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