Get your no. 2 pencils out – it's time for a pop quiz. Homework is a) an effective tool that helps kids learn, b) a complete waste of time, or c) a worsening problem for kids and their families.
Answer: it depends on how old they are.
So when your kids come home with backpacks loaded up with at least 25 pounds of books and hours of assignments, do you say something? And at what point do you tell your kid to go to bed rather than pulling long hours to finish the work?
Researchers have mixed opinions, but one thing's for sure: students with more hours of daily homework tend to have higher stress levels and sleep less — which isn't ideal when it comes to both learning and test performance.
For a clearer picture of what you should expect, here's how much homework kids tend to have at each grade level and what it really means for their overall development.