Reality Check went to Sutton Community Academy in Nottinghamshire to try to find some answers, working with a group of School Reporters from Years 7 to 9. But where does the limit lie? When does too much homework become too stressful, and therefore counter-productive? Until schools in England were given formal advice on how much homework should be set, but schools now have more flexibility to design systems to suit their own students. International comparisons confirm that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to educational success.
Parents have been questioning the excessive amount of homework given in schools, both public and private for years, and believe it or not, there is evidence that supports limiting the amount of homework children have can actually be beneficial. The National Education Association NEA has released guidelines about the right amount of homework--the amount that helps kids learn without getting in the way of their developing other parts of their life. Many experts believe that students should receive roughly 10 minutes per night of homework in the first grade and an additional 10 minutes per grade for each following year. By this standard, high school seniors should have about minutes or two hours of homework a night, but some students have two hours of work in middle school and many more hours than that in high school, particularly if they are enrolled in Advanced or AP classes. However, schools are starting to change their policies on homework. While some schools equate excessive homework with excellence, and it is true that students benefit from some work at home to learn new material or to practice what they have learned in school, that's not the case with all schools.
Just about every parent has had the homework battle at some point. The arc of the fight is familiar: the parents nag, the children avoid or procrastinate; the cycle continues ad infinitum. Is the stress of homework an inexorable childhood experience? It turns out that even though the concept of homework is ingrained in American school systems, experts have serious questions about whether it is even necessary at all — at least to the extent to which it is forced on American kids.
A s kids return to school, debate is heating up once again over how they should spend their time after they leave the classroom for the day. The no-homework policy of a second-grade teacher in Texas went viral last week , earning praise from parents across the country who lament the heavy workload often assigned to young students. Brandy Young told parents she would not formally assign any homework this year, asking students instead to eat dinner with their families, play outside and go to bed early.