In his Atlantic essay , Karl Taro Greenfeld laments his year-old daughter's heavy homework load. Tales of the homework-burdened American student have become common, but are these stories the exception or the rule? A Metlife study found that 45 percent of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour a night doing homework, including the six percent of students who report spending more than three hours a night on their homework. In the school year, a study out of the University of Michigan found that American students ages six through 17 spent three hours and 38 minutes per week doing homework. This one is fairly obvious: The National Education Association recommends that homework time increase by ten minutes per year in school.
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Many teachers and parents believe that homework helps students build study skills and review concepts learned in class. Others see homework as disruptive and unnecessary, leading to burnout and turning kids off to school. Decades of research show that the issue is more nuanced and complex than most people think: Homework is beneficial, but only to a degree. Students in high school gain the most, while younger kids benefit much less. In class, teachers can make adjustments to support struggling students, but at home, an assignment that takes one student 30 minutes to complete may take another twice as much time—often for reasons beyond their control. And homework can widen the achievement gap, putting students from low-income households and students with learning disabilities at a disadvantage. However, the minute guideline is useful in setting a limit: When kids spend too much time on homework, there are real consequences to consider.
Are high school students getting too much homework?
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