How Homework Affect Students: The Good & the Bad
We all know that homework offers valuable lessons to students, but there is a line between the right amount and too much.
With problems like stress and disengagement, the subject of homework is one that is questioned by parents and educators — how are students really being affected?
How much time is too much time?
Canadian students reportedly spend more time than any other Western country in class at an average of 75 minutes periods.
The 10 minute rule is encouraged for all teachers – assigning 10 minutes of homework per grade level.
On average, up to 10 hours are actually spent weekly on homework. Over 50% of grade 1-2 students are already assigned over 20 minutes of homework per day.
Students are generally being assigned more homework than they can handle. Help your child by creating a homework routine that will help him or her stay organized and not become overwhelmed.
Are students staying engaged?
Enthusiasm plays a significant role in allowing students to access the key benefits of homework. Students who are motivated to learn show higher achievement better understanding of concepts, and are more satisfied with school overall.
85% of children in kindergarten are enthusiastic about learning, and are willingly cooperative. The majority of parents are reported as being “completely supportive” of their children in grades 1 and 2.
In grade 4, about 61% students are very resistant and only grudgingly cooperative. 40% of high school students are chronically disengaged from school. By grade 5 parents who are completely supportive drops to below 50%.
Children start out enthusiastic and engaged, but become disengaged overtime. Stay supportive as a parent and have regular conversations about goals and workloads – if you stay engaged, your child will stay engaged as well.
How stressed are students?
Students need to stay challenged with increasing homework quantities and complexity, but there is a point where it becomes too much. The more overwhelmed a student feels, the more stressed they will become – leading to lower motivation and work quality.
1 in 3 parents have hired a tutor at some point to help their child. At 30 minutes of homework per night, students are able to preserve family time and reduce stress and anxiety at home.
1 in 5 students reportedly suffer from rising levels of anxiety, stress, and depression when dealing with homework. 72% of parents feel homework is often a source of household stress.
Problems like anxiety and stress can quickly lead to further health issues which affect students in all areas of their life. Give your child the full support he or she needs – be it hiring a tutor, or helping with the development of more effective homework habits.
How to turn the bad into the good
All children will feel overwhelmed with homework at some point in their educational journey. The good news is that as a parent you can directly help your child overcome these problems – simply by staying involved. Always remember to:
1. Provide the support and resources needed to succeed.
2. Speak with teachers about expectations for each grade.
3. Review homework with your child.
4. Share this with the parents, students and educators in your life.