To conduct the study, researchers surveyed more than 4,300 students at 10 high-performing high schools in upper middle-class California communities.
They also interviewed students about their views on homework.
But according to the standards set by the NEA and NPTA, they shouldn’t receive any at all.
A contributing editor of the study, Stephanie Donaldson-Pressman, told CNN that she found it “absolutely shocking” to learn that kindergarteners had that much homework.
“The data shows that homework over this level is not only not beneficial to children’s grades or GPA, but there’s really a plethora of evidence that it’s detrimental to their attitude about school, their grades, their self-confidence, their social skills, and their quality of life,” Donaldson-Pressman told CNN.
Kindergarteners received 25 minutes of homework per night, on average.And all those extra assignments may lead to family stress, especially when parents with limited education aren’t confident in their ability to talk with the school about their child’s work.Some parents, in fact, have decided to opt out of the whole thing.The Washington Post reported in 2016 that some parents have just instructed their younger children not to do their homework assignments.They report the no-homework policy has taken the stress out of their afternoons and evenings.The researchers expressed concern that students at high-pressure high schools can get burned out before they even get to college.“School, homework, extracurricular activities, sleep, repeat — that’s what it can be for some of these students,” said Noelle Leonard, Ph D, a senior research scientist at the New York University College of Nursing, and lead study author, in a press release.In addition, it's been easier for their children to participate in after-school activities.In 2013, research conducted at Stanford University found that students in high-achieving communities who spend too much time on homework experience more stress, physical health problems, a lack of balance in their lives, and alienation from society.The research involved a series of interviews with students, teachers, and administrators, as well as a survey of a total of 128 juniors from two private high schools.About half of the students said they received at least three hours of homework per night.