Researchers have struggled for decades to identify a causal, or even correlational, relationship between time spent in school and improved learning outcomes for students. Some studies have focused on the length of a school year while others have focused on hours in a day and others on hours in the week. In this blog post, we will look at time spent outside of school—specifically time spent doing homework—among different racial and socio-economic groups. Measuring the relationship between out-of-school time and outcomes like test scores can be difficult.
High Schools Assign 3.5 Hours of Homework a Night, Survey Estimates
How Much Time Do Kids Around the World Spend at School? | Fatherly
E lementary school children often receive far more homework than recommended by a leading education group, according to new research. The study , published in the American Journal of Family Therapy , found that the average first and second grader had three times the recommended homework load. The National Education Association recommends that elementary school students receive minutes of homework per night in first grade. That figure should grow by 10 minutes per year, the NEA recommends. The study found that teachers regularly assign homework that exceeds that recommendation. The survey, based on an analysis of survey results from more than parents in Rhode Island, suggests that the average student spends nearly 30 minutes on homework in the first grade, a number that grows steadily over the years. Time spent on homework peaks in 10th grade at 54 minutes per night, according to the study.
About 3.5 hours of homework a day for high schoolers? That’s too much.
It is also a question that has become divisive. Some people feel that homework is an effective way to reinforce the concepts that were learned at school. Others feel like the time that homework demands would be better spent with a meaningful activity that brings the family together. Is homework important? Is it necessary?
We tend to think of school days as being somewhat standardized. The assumption is that whether a kid is in private or public school , in the U. In reality, the number of days kids go to school , their length, and the way school days are broken up, varies drastically by country. School days elsewhere in the world are in fact radically different from ours.