Homework overload gets an 'F' from experts
By Corey Binns
It seems the smoke has barely cleared from those Fourth of July celebrations, but in many parts of the U.S., parents are trying to light fires under their kids in an effort to get them studying for the new school year.
Unfortunately, new research shows the amount of time kids clock in out of school may not pay off.
Kids who do more homework actually perform worse on standardized tests, according to research by Sydney University educational psychologist Richard Walker, author of the forthcoming book, Reforming Homework: Practices, Learning and Policies.
Homework only boosts student scores in the final three years of high school, says Walker, and only these older high school students should be doing a couple of hours of homework a night. Younger students only benefit from small assignments, if they’re getting help at home.
But that's not the end of the homework hurdles.
High-achieving students who are swamped with homework can suffer from poor mental and physical health,says Stanford University professor Denise Pope.
In fact, findings consistently show that homework has very limited value in the elementary grades...