The amount of homework children bring home every day can be overwhelming. A University of Michigan study found that the amount of homework had increased 51 percent since While many educators use homework to supplement the material learned in class, homework doesn't always improve academic performance, and a "Review of Educational Research" study found that the current way teachers assign homework is not academically beneficial. Students who struggle with homework or who get a large volume of homework each night can experience negative effects in their family and social relationships. Homework takes time away from other pursuits.
Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain
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The combination of heavy homework loads and early school start times is a major cause of sleep deprivation and consequent stress in teens, but this can be a problem even in younger kids. I was shocked; these kids were in first grade at the time. I really love this article by Justin Coulson, a parenting expert and psychologist, detailing why he bans his school age children from doing homework , concluding from the evidence that homework does more harm than good. A recent study showed that some elementary school children had three times the recommended homework load.
At Home and After School
Read more here. A few years ago, I had a sixteen year old come into sleep clinic for insomnia. He was a hard-working student in a good school district. I asked him to describe his sleep problems to me.
Social media and electronics have created a world of digital distractions for students , making homework time a nightmare for watchful parents. Kids are on their computers using online textbooks and doing Internet research, allowing for easy access to Facebook and Twitter. Throw in personal cellphone calls and text messaging from friends and that can translate into late nights for students. Some students cope with the distraction by budgeting social media time into their homework schedule or going to bed early to get a jump-start in the morning. Melissa Malik, 17, said cellphone distractions sometimes cause her to take twice as long to complete a homework assignment.