Too much homework can cause stress, depression and lower grades, studies suggest
When the lesson is about to end and teacher announces the homework requirements, they might think that a three or four session stuck behind more books and writing after school has finished is going to further their education, but piling on the homework will not help children advance in school, in fact it could well have the reverse effect entirely.
A study by a group of Australian researchers found the average scores of relating to students’ academic performances against the amount of homework dished out at the end of the school day, showed clearly that when more time was spent on homework students were getting lower scores. The research clearly suggested that placing too much homework can cause lower grades and even lead pupils to begin suffering from depression.
Homework can cause depression? Yes, if a pupil is inundated with too much homework their life balance is thrown out of all proportion. All children and adults too, should adopt an 8-8-8 circadian rhythm to life where eight hours work, eight hours play and eight hours rest (sleep) plays an important factor to how we all roll.
A typical school day might begin at 9am and complete by 3.15pm, so piling on three hours of nightly homework means schoolchildren must endure seven hours at school (including traveling time) and three hours of homework, thus robbing the child of two hours downtime.
Often to make matters worse, teachers will give pupils homework that is both time-consuming and will undoubtedly keep them busy while being totally non-productive. Some examples include History teachers asking pupils to hand write (word for word) pages 113 to 139 of a text book on The French Revolution. Such remedial homework will do nothing to improve pupil’s scores in exams or up their grades.
There is certainly no advocacy for the abolishing of homework here; simply that the amount oand quality of a child extra curricular work after school be re-examined. Good quality homework practices have been adopted in Finland where schoolchildren were given just 30 minutes per night to spend on homework and none at weekends. The kids were stress free and scored highly in their grades.
Many parents are even beginning to advocate time limits on the amount of homework minutes dished out each night. Stress, depression and lower grades are the last thing any parent wants for their child.
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