Is Too Much Homework Bad for Kids’ Health?

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Both the National Education Association (NEA) and the National PTA (NPTA) support a standard of “10 minutes of homework per grade level” and setting a general limit on after-school studying.

But the most recent study to examine the issue found that kids in early elementary school received about three times the amount of recommended homework.

More than 80 percent of students reported having experienced physical symptoms of stress, such as headaches, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, weight loss, and stomach problems.

And all those extra assignments may lead to family stress, especially when parents with limited education aren’t confident in their ability to help kids with the work.