With teachers handing out more assignments than ever, our kids are stressed, sleep deprived and, worst of all, becoming disillusioned with learning. But many frustrated parents are fighting back -- and winning. You can too. Gisela Voss always thought that all the griping about homework overload was way overblown. But once he enrolled at Brown Middle School in , Gisela had a rude awakening. Suddenly Luke was grappling with 30 minutes of assignments for each of his six classes, lugging home a backpack bursting at the seams -- and sagging under the strain.
Although studies show that students who do more homework score higher on tests, researchers have found that despite claims to the contrary by many so-called education specialists, children, whether in kindergarten or high school, are not taking home more work. Interestingly, Skinner found that the type of homework that studies show is most effective is of the variety that educational experimenters like to avoid. Not too surprisingly, every study shows that homework benefits older students the most. These same pupils, research shows, are the ones most likely to get homework. Department of Education found that while third graders spent a little over a half per day an hour on homework, 11th graders spent almost one hour studying.
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