If you think your kid has a lot of homework, think again. On average, their students spent 14 hours per week on homework. This is significant considering Canadian and American kids only spent about six hours per week on after-school assignments, while kids in other countries, such as Finland and Korea, reportedly spent less than three. To get their findings, researchers looked at year-olds from 38 countries. Besides China, Russia also topped the list of countries that gave the most homework, with their students spending about 10 hours per week on extra work. Italy, Ireland, Poland and Spain also gave their students over seven hours of at-home assignments per week.
The Cult of Homework
Too Much Homework: Children Receive 3 Times Recommended Amount | Time
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. Studies have found that schools tend to roughly follow these guidelines: The University of Michigan found that students ages six to eight spend 29 minutes doing homework per night while to year-old students spend 50 minutes doing homework. The Metlife study also found that 50 percent of students in grades seven to 12 spent more than an hour a night on homework, while 37 percent of students in grades three to six spent an hour or more on their homework per night.
Homework Wars: High School Workloads, Student Stress, and How Parents Can Help
America has long had a fickle relationship with homework. A century or so ago, progressive reformers argued that it made kids unduly stressed , which later led in some cases to district-level bans on it for all grades under seventh. This anti-homework sentiment faded, though, amid mid-century fears that the U.
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.