Researcher Denise Clark Pope, a senior lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and a co-author of the study, which will be published in The Journal of Experimental Education, asked 4,317 students from 10 high schools to describe the impact of homework on their lives. The story that came out, shows a bleak picture that is affecting our students. Students were averaging 3.1 hours of homework daily, many noting that “There’s never a break. Never.” The study also shows that combined with this large workload, the students are sacrificing needed sleep.
Even with my own kids, I have seen several nights that they start doing homework just after arriving home from school, and finish late into the evening, only taking a small break for anack and dinner. Unfortunately, this is not the exception, but rather the rule.
The study simply shows that school workload does not necessarily reflects any underlying educational merit, and can actually “diminish its effectiveness and be counterproductive.”
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