Just in time for back-to-school season, a study reveals that elementary school students get three times more homework than is recommended for children their age. The study, published in The American Journal of Family Therapy, explored issues of homework and family stress by surveying nearly 1,200 parents. What came to light is this: Children in kindergarten, first grade and second grade may be hitting the books too hard in their after-school hours. Education leaders with both the National Education Association and the National Parent-Teacher Association recommend a “10-minute rule” that increases gradually as students age:
- No homework for kindergartners
- 10 minutes for first-graders,
- 20 minutes for second-graders,
- 30 minutes for third-graders and on up to the 12th grade, when students could handle about 120 minutes of homework a night.