Study: kids get too much homework

School book donation in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)
School book donation in Dayton. (WDTN Photo)

VANDALIA, Ohio (WDTN) – Teachers and parents typically agree that students need some homework at night.

But one study shows the dynamics of that have changed.

It’s not just some homework, but a lot homework, especially for elementary students.

The American Journal of Family Therapy says too much homework is being assigned.

One man tells 2 NEWS he’s not surprised by the findings.

Yet Jim Kenney said, “To me the more you can feed somebody the more they’ll lean. They could probably get burned out.”

Brooke Fugate remembers her days in class and says at most she’d bring home a spelling assignment or maybe some light reading for 20 minutes.

As a parent, she can’t believe the amount of work her son brings home.

“They did not cram us full of homwork, not like they do now,” Fugate explained.

The National Edcuation Association and the National Parent Teacher Association recommend the ’10 minute rule’.

It means 10 minutes per grade level.

An example of that, a teacher would assign 10 minutes for a first grader; 20 minutes of homework for a second grader.

Skip a couple years to high school and it’s 120 minutes of homework for a 12th grader,a high school senior.

But for first grade, the study found homework takes 28 minutes, nearly 3 times the recommendation.

We talked to some Vandalia teachers to ask what’s the problem.

“I think just family dynamics has kind driven us to give less homework.”

Leslie Roderick says fewer parents can devote as much time to homework help. The 15-year teaching veteran also believes,
“Many teachers are driven by the test, I try not to be I don’t want to stress the kids anymore than they already are about it so I don’t need to add that to the mix.”

7th grade math teacher Susan Pulliam says for her subject she has to give more homework.

“I give them 10 minutes to start in class, sometimes a little more time if it’s a more challenging skill, that way they can get a good grasp on the concept get a few problems done,” Pulliam explained.

This teacher says the balance works. She checks some questions with the kids and then what they don’t finsih they take home.

Both teachers agree that every educator has their own system. But whatever that is, they say it cannot overwhelm the students because that they say only hurts their academic success. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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