Children spend no more time on homework than on TV watching, counters a University of Nebraska study.
For years we’ve been told that children struggle each night with hours of mind-numbing homework.
But homework “does not seem to interfere with students’ recreational and social activities,” the Nebraska study concluded.
The (seventh graders’) parents weren’t overly concerned about homework. More than half of them — 53% — said homework has “no effect” on family activities, and 61% called the current amount of homework “about right.” Many of the parents — 43% — reported that their kids were spending 90 minutes or more on homework each night, which is beyond the 70 minutes a day that experts recommend for the age group in the study. But 51% of the same parents said their kids were watching 90 minutes or more of television per night too.
Of course, some kids are wasting their time on poorly designed assignments, but there’s no rule that homework has to be boring and useless — or so complicated it can be done only by college-educated parents.
I rarely helped my daughter do homework, but I taught her to manage her time so that she could get it done without trauma.