And, it turns out, they could be experiencing some negative effects of too much homework, in particular.
As parents, we want to raise well-rounded children who will become successful adults, so we keep them active in school clubs, sports and more – and make sure they stay on top of school stuff.
And there benefits; they just tend to plateau around the two-hour mark for high schoolers, the study notes.
So what can be done to stave off the negative effects of too much homework?
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. Children who have a large quantity of homework have less time to spend with their families and friends as regular social interaction plays a critical role in brain development.
Children who get plenty of opportunities to interact with friends and family can gain valuable social, conflict management and impulse control skills.And it’s something that’s happening here in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, too – but starting even earlier than high school.In fact, Stacy Brooks, who once served as life skills teacher at Derby Middle School in Birmingham, says many students have expressed feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homework they receive, which ranges from one-and-a-half to three hours each night.Designate a quiet spot for your child to do homework – one that is free of distractions.Brooks also suggests checking your child’s school’s website or teacher blogs for upcoming homework and projects.Active learning is learning that occurs in context and that encourages participation.For example, a child who goes on a scavenger hunt with his friend and, upon seeing a frog, decides to watch the frog and learn about its movement is engaged in active learning.“Our school district is very competitive,” Brooks told Metro Parent in a 2014 interview.“I think they are under a lot of stress where I teach.A 2004 University of Michigan study found that the amount of homework had increased 51 percent since 1981.While many educators use homework to supplement the material learned in class, homework doesn't always improve academic performance, and a 2003 "Review of Educational Research" study found that the current way teachers assign homework is not academically beneficial.