Too much homework?

The National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association recommend 10 minutes of homework per grade level per night. First Graders should have 10 minutes all the way up to 120 minutes for a Senior in High School.  However, a recent study published in the American Journal of Family Therapy revealed many elementary age students were far exceeding these guidelines. First Graders were spending 28 minutes per night, Second Graders 29 minutes and Kindergartners spent 25 minutes per night on school assignments. There are a number of studies that indicate too much homework is detrimental for a child’s attitude about school, grades, self-confidence, social skills, physical health and overall quality of life.  I guess I’ll be putting the clock on my 3rd Grader and 7th Grader this year!

little tired boy sitting at a desk horizontal