A lot of researches carried out have confirmed that when too much time is spent on homework, it has certain negative effects on pupils or students. Some of these negative effects include physical health issues, lack of balance, stress, alienation from active living among others. Some of these studies go further to point out that spending more time than usual on doing assignments are counterproductive. It draws school children away from the things they love most – family, extracurricular activities with friends, etc.
For this reason, certain schools and teachers follow specific guidelines when it comes to giving out homework to pupils. Some of these guidelines include the following:
In other instances, the guidelines could be based on students’ capabilities. For example, while some children in grades 4-6 can handle up to an hour of assignments, there are others who cannot handle more than 40 minutes of homework. In such situation, it becomes the duty of the teachers to set assignment limits for their various classes.What parents should know
If your child or ward is always coming home with assignments, you can help them maintain a positive attitude by letting them know that it is important that they bring home assignments every now and then. You can do this by doing the following: