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Modern Family Two Hours Of Homework Per Grade

In 2014, Stanford University showed the pitfalls of too much homework. Students name several reasons why they feel overloaded: regular stressful situations, lack of time, and worsening relationships with their family members. The question is how much homework is too much?


Education Scholar Denis Pope says the following: “Students in high-achieving social groups who spend too much time on homework face regular stressful situations, problems with physical/mental, life imbalance, and issues with communication.”

How does too much homework affect students? Thanks to the research conducted by Stanford University, it was found that spending more than 2 hours on learning after school has a negative impact on student’s health. Do you wish to work less on your assignments? Are you here to increase your current grades? Contact professional online homework writing services to gain extra time to spend at home with your family & friends!

How Much Homework Is Too Much?

The famous song has these lines: “Too much is never enough!” It is true when it comes to learning, traveling, reading, observing the world around, and developing. An overloaded learning or work schedule is not a sober phenomenon. Spending less time on activities aimed to relax our body and give our mind a good rest is not a healthy option, and not many teachers understand the dogma.

Think about how much time you are spending on your homework assignments after you return home. Is it half an hour, an hour, or a couple of hours? According to the research conducted by a Stanford researcher/educational scholar Denis Pope, it is not okay if the amount of your homework exceeds two hours in a time equivalent. Extra requirements like formatting (e.g., APA writing style) are part of the final grade. It is a mistake not to count a lengthy requirement as a separate task.

Parents worry their children are not spending a sufficient amount of time completing their home duties. Together with numerous assignments, each day of an average American schoolboy/schoolgirl is followed by different activities:

  • Sports clubs
  • Fan clubs
  • Leisure with friends
  • Partying

Two categories of parents exist regarding their opinions on the school homework assignments: parents who support the idea of many assignments and those who believe the amount of homework should be limited. The second type of parents supports the idea of ordering custom papers online: if you say, “I have too much homework,” get affordable help on the web!

We try to answer how much homework is too much in high school after hearing the comments from parents, students, and teachers.

Students’ Parents Share What They Think about Modern Homework Assignments

One caring parent shared their family story about a school-aged daughter:

“My daughter, Paula, has joined her third grade. She complained of the tremendous amount of homework assignments: in summer, her schoolteachers forced the students to waste six days each week on accomplishing different homework tasks. Her least favorite job is writing. It appeared her school Language & Literature teachers do not provide students with the sufficient amount of knowledge and writing skills (e.g., different writing styles). I decided to debate against the amount of useless homework assignments in the United States together with our family of friends whose son’s school schedule was more overloaded than his part-time job schedule (he is in the final grade, working as a waiter). Our family wants more time with our kids! There are many activities to do: fishing, swimming, traveling, playing table games, shopping, practicing music, and other exciting things to do. Why should our daughter dedicate all her free time to school homework?”

You see? One of the California high school teachers suggested that students should be spending more time with their families. She is ready to cancel homework assignments for the entire learning period, but every family must meet a single condition: involve specific activities to correlate with student success. It is not easy to study in a home atmosphere. If the family knows how to combine fun & learning night activities, the result will be great! Children memorize better by visualizing things, so it is important to choose associative learning methods:

  1. e-Learning (choose your career wisely)
  2. Table games
  3. Educational movies
  4. Special student mobile applications

When children read with their family members, write descriptions to their favorite cartoons, play outside, and go to bed early, there is no need to waste time on doing homework assignments.


Know How Much Homework Is OK

We found that ordinary family activities could be more effective when accompanied by the modern learning tools.

The worst thing some schools have done is limiting summer holidays. Several high school teachers from Phoenix think children forget half of the studied material during the summer break. In addition to shortening the vacation, such schools increase the workload by assigning more homework.

Let’s come back to the research conducted by Denis Pope who is a co-author of the “Journal of Experimental Education,” where the study on school homework was published. The teachers and journalists analyzed three criteria to find the pros & cons of spending time on school homework assignments:

  1. Perceptions about homework assignments
  2. Student well-being
  3. Behavioral/student engagement

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The researchers worked day & night to collect information on ten high schools in California communities with the best academic performance; they selected a sample of 4,317 students to analyze. To support the numbers, Pope initiated an open-ended set of answers. Both students and their family members took part in the survey aimed to discover the value of homework assignments. The homework-related survey showed the following:

An average household income exceeded $90,00 in the communities these children came from, and 93% of the kids went on to college, either 2-tear or 4-year. Students spending time in these high schools average approximately 3.1 hours of homework every night at home.

This amount of homework assignments is not healthy, and every second family agrees with it. See, the time has come when it is not about earning the highest grades; the time has come for the parents and other family members to take care of their children’s health through debating the unfair amount of school homework.

What is the Most Effective Solution to the Great Amount of Homework Assignments?

Benjamin Franklin used to say, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”

Everybody knows it is true, but it does not mean spending the entire human life on learning is healthy. We recommend spending no more than two hours of your nighttime on the homework assignments. Kids should see the world around! There are many activities waiting for you; choose homework assignments you can handle, and which you believe would provide a necessary experience for your future career. What should students do with the rest of their homework? Forget about the homework nightmares – see how professional academic writers & editors can solve your tasks after ordering a high-quality custom essay online!

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I had my seventh graders write essays recently to the theme “What it feels like to…” I’ve received some tremendous essays, like “What it feels like to have a seizure” and “What it feels like to have a criminal live in your home” and “What it feels like to save someone’s life.” Today I read one about being a student: “What it feels like to be GT.” However, I think that the underlying message of this essay is one that would apply to a lot of well-meaning, high-achieving students.

Because I’m in GT, I receive respect from some of the teachers and some of the average students, but I sometimes also get alienated by students and teachers as well.  People call me a nerd and ask me easy questions that they think are hard.  Sometimes people also ask me for help on their homework when they are having trouble.  The homework is usually really easy and simple and when I finish helping them they are amazed on how I can do that much “hard” homework so fast.  Some people who envy me call me a nerd to try and make me feel bad.  There is this one girl in one of my classes who hates me and and calls me nerd.

Did anyone else see that episode of Modern Family where Claire (the mom) goes to parent night at the high school and shadows Alex’s (her daughter) classes? There’s a scene where she’s in one of Alex’s last classes of the day and the teacher is going on about how since it’s an AP class she makes sure to give the kids (something like) two hours of homework a night. Claire goes up to the board and says, OK, but if my daughter has two hours of homework a night in science and two in English and one in Spanish and one and a half in history…then when/how is she supposed to be a teenager under six hours of homework a night?

When I go to school I get homework, and when I get a lot of homework I don’t get much free time.  When I take advanced classes I get homework almost every night, as well as the homework I get from my normal classes.  With this much homework I barely have any time to do other things, and when I have a lot of homework, I end up staying up late and losing sleep.  Then I am tired all the next day and usually miss important information.

I think about homework a lot. A lot. Because as a teacher, I’m “supposed” to give homework. Right? Isn’t that what we do? But a few years ago, I was talking about this with my teaching friend G and she commented on how, as a mom, she hates it when her kids have homework. She wanted to know why it was that the teacher had so much power so as to dictate how a child spent evening time with her family. She wanted to know who decided that children would have to spend seven hours a day at school and then another hour – or six – at home working on school work.

On the days I don’t have homework, which is usually the day of a test.  I go and call my neighbor and play a computer game called minecraft.  I also do this a lot on weekends as well.  During my free time I sometimes read a book, watch tv, play games, or sleep.  Sleeping is my favorite thing to do on the weekends because there is no wake up time for me to go to school.

This morning, one of my students gave a speech about being a student in which he equated the time spent at school to the time spent at a job. He asked what job an adult could possibly have that required not only a full day at the office, but then an additional three hours of time spent working from home every evening. He noted that those jobs are a select few and that people who have those jobs are often paid well for them. However, children are expected to do their schoolwork enthusiastically and without complaint, completely intrinsically motivated and eager to receive an A for every masterpiece.

When I finally finish school I will most likely get a good job due to my good education.  Sure, I will have to put up with being called nerd and having hard classes and staying up late and losing sleep and time with friends, but it will be good in the long run.

As a nation, we push kids to be everything, to do everything, to try everything. We want them to be well-rounded individuals so they can get in to a good college and then so they can get a good job so they can buy a good house and have a good spouse and have good kids that they can push to be well-rounded individuals who go to a good college. I have so many students who play a sport and an instrument in middle school and are already – some as young as seventh grade – planning on having to drop one or the other when they get to high school because they know they won’t be able to handle the increased work once they get there. And for what? I don’t know a single adult who says, “Gee, I wish I would have spent more time with my algebra book.” No. Adults miss kindergarten nap time and the opportunity to take pottery and shop classes. Adults want fewer things to do. They want compensated for all their time worked, which is why salaried positions are sometimes less desirable. Adults want vacation time. And time with their families.

Could we improve our country if we did away with homework? Could we encourage more time on leisure reading, productive outdoor activities, and community events if kids didn’t have to lock themselves away stressing about some eventuality of adulthood that homework is somehow supposedly going to prepare them for? Would teenagers feel less alienated, less stressed and less sleep deprived if they had fewer things on their mental “to do” lists? Would parents feel a stronger connection to their children if more time was spent throwing a baseball in the front yard and less time chaining kids to the computer desk on Saturday afternoons?

I know not everything can be accomplished in the 45 minutes students sit in our rooms and I know they have to be prepared for the next level and the next level after that and the next level after that and I know that for some students homework acts as a way to keep them out of trouble (although, really, are those kids doing homework to begin with…?) and I know that America is “behind” other countries in all sorts of Very Important Subjects, but is it worth it?

Is it worth it if we have eleven-year-olds with sleep disorders? Is it worth it if seventh graders are making a habit of drinking three cups of coffee a day just to get started? Is it worth it if children experience symptoms of extreme exposure to stress even before they reach middle school?

I say no.

I know this is sounding really idealistic right now – and that’s not generally like me at all – but this is something I really believe in…especially since my daughter will be starting kindergarten in the fall, meaning I have a lot of homework to look forward to for the next thirteen years. But I really don’t want some teacher telling my family how we’re allowed to spend our evening (read: structure it around everything the teacher wants done by tomorrow). My general homework policy is thus: I give time in class to work on everything and I never collect anything the next day that they didn’t have time enough to do in class. My goal is for students to have no more than 20 minutes of homework a night for my class, and that that 20 minutes a day is usually spent reading. I don’t expect every teacher to follow suit, but, well, I guess more teachers would. I know I don’t want to spend hours and hours working on schoolwork at home. Why should I be so shortsighted or narcissistic to think that the kids do? {see note}


{note}I apologize in advance to any teachers out there who are two-hours-of-homework-a-night teachers. Yes, I just called you shortsighted and narcissistic. I’m sorry. You’re in a different position – one where, perhaps if I taught what and where you taught, I might feel pressure to do the same thing.

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