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This is where the real homework wars lie—not just the amount, but the ability to successfully complete assignments and feel success.
Parents want to figure out how to help their children manage their homework stress and learn the material.
Kids who were worried about homework also reported having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. The ones who reported doing less homework and feeling less stress, who also happened to be the kids who reported better and longer amounts of sleep.
Kids who got lower grades were kids who got the worst quality sleep – those who stayed up past 11 PM, got up before 6 AM, or both.
The disparity can be explained in one of the conclusions regarding the Brown Report: Of the three age groups, 17-year-olds have the most bifurcated distribution of the homework burden.
They have the largest percentage of kids with no homework (especially when the homework shirkers are added in) and the largest percentage with more than two hours.
Studies of typical homework loads vary: In one, a Stanford researcher found that more than two hours of homework a night may be counterproductive.
The research, conducted among students from 10 high-performing high schools in upper-middle-class California communities, found that too much homework resulted in stress, physical health problems and a general lack of balance.