There’s a debate about homework and whether it helps kids learn during the school year. But everyone agrees that homework can take time. The most commonly accepted guidelines recommend one hour for primary school and two hours for high school. However, I think this amount of time on homework every day can be too much.
The nightly hour many primary school children spend on homework adds up to about 180 hours over a school year. That’s time that kids could be playing sports, reading books or just taking a break after a long day.
It’s common for high school students to devote twice as much time, about two hours daily, to their homework. And some schools require much more homework. In some school systems, even kindergartners do some homework.
Does making kids study in what could be their personal time pay off? Homework appears to work best when the teacher and students are clear about what it’s for and the assignments are worthwhile. While I do believe doing some homework is helpful, I don’t think it should be assigned unless it’s necessary.
My research group and I found this out by examining survey responses of students. They told us how much time they spent doing homework, what grades they got and how they did on standardised tests.