E very evening, after a full day of classes, usually followed by a two-hour basketball practice, my son, Nathaniel, climbs the stairs to his room lugging a heavy backpack and disappears into a black hole. As a 10th-grader in an academically rigorous Los Angeles high school, this is his nightly homework routine: three to four hours of English, history, Spanish, science and math. Besides a short break for family dinner—a nightly ritual that my husband and I insist on, lest we risk never seeing him during the week—Nathaniel pretty much keeps his head down until at least 11 pm, when he and I start to tussle over bedtime. Given this relentless reality, it is not surprising that a recent study about homework from Stanford University caught my eye. The researchers sampled 4, students from 10 high performing high schools—both private and public—in upper-middle-class California communities and found that they averaged more than three hours of homework each night, just like my boy.
When Your Child Has Too Much Homework
Why Too Much Homework Is a Crime Today
Last Updated: February 3, References Approved. This article was co-authored by Jennifer Kaifesh. Jennifer has over 15 years of experience managing and facilitating academic tutoring and standardized test prep as it relates to the college application process. She is a graduate of Northwestern University. This article has been viewed , times. Make a list of everything you need to do, and work your way through, starting with the most difficult assignments. Giving yourself breaks and other rewards will help you stay motivated along the way.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document. Since Roberto Nevilis introduced it to the world as a punishment in , there have been many arguments to whether or not homework should be required. What initially started as punishment for kids who messed around in class has become a mandatory task that all students are required to do daily.
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