From EAG News:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new study shows that some students are assigned up to three times the amount of homework recommended by the nation’s largest teachers union and other “education experts.”
The study, published today in The American Journal of Family Therapy, compared answers to a survey of 1,100 parents of students in kindergarten through 12th grade about homework with supposed best practices suggested by the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association, CNN reports.
The NEA believes teachers should strive for the “10-minute rule” – which means students should gain 10 minutes of after school homework with each grade level, starting with 10 minutes in first grade. The union advises against giving homework to kindergartners. The new study claims students are taking home three times the recommended workload, according to the site.
Researchers contend kindergartners are spending about 25 minutes per night on homework, first graders averaged 28 minutes, and second grade students received about 29 minutes of homework per night, all of which are well over the guidelines.
“It’s absolutely shocking to me to find out that particularly kindergarten students (who) are not supposed to have any homework at all … are getting as much homework as a third-grader is supposed to get,” said Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, clinical director for the New England Center for Pediatric Psychology and contributing editor of the report.
“Anybody who’s tried to keep a 5-year-old at a table doing homework for 25 minutes after school knows what that’s like. I…