When it came to stress, more than 70 percent of students said they were “often or always stressed over schoolwork,” with 56 percent listing homework as a primary stressor.
In the Stanford study, many students said that they often did homework they saw as "pointless" or "mindless." Pope, who co-authored that study, argued that homework assignments should have a purpose and benefit, and should be designed to cultivate learning and development.
It’s also important for schools and teachers to stick to the 10-minutes per grade standard.
The Washington Post reported in 2016 that some parents have just instructed their younger children not to do their homework assignments.
They report the no-homework policy has taken the stress out of their afternoons and evenings.
Research suggests that when students are pushed to handle a workload that’s out of sync with their development level, it can lead to significant stress — for children and their parents.
Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA (NPTA) support a standard of “10 minutes of homework per grade level” and setting a general limit on after-school studying.They also faced pressure to take college-level classes and excel in activities outside of school.Many students felt they were being asked to work as hard as adults, and noted that their workload seemed inappropriate for their development level.Experts continue to debate the benefits and drawbacks of homework.But according to an article published this year in Monitor on Psychology, there’s one thing they agree on: the quality of homework assignments matters.In addition, it's been easier for their children to participate in after-school activities.In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society.But according to the standards set by the NEA and NPTA, they shouldn’t receive any at all.A contributing editor of the study, Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, told CNN that she found it “absolutely shocking” to learn that kindergarteners had that much homework.That study, published in The Journal of Experimental Education, suggested that any more than two hours of homework per night is counterproductive.However, students who participated in the study reported doing slightly more than three hours of homework each night, on average.