Some Homework Requirements Are Particularly Demanding

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-10_71ef2083c1.jpgFuse/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Homework is the bane of most high school kids’ existence. While this might be stating the obvious, a study by Villanova University's Jerusha Conner attempts to probe deeper into this near universal hatred for after-school assignments. In a survey of 4,000 teens from California schools with particularly rigorous academic programs, Conner discovered that most complained that they were loaded down with too much homework.

And while over seven in 10 respondents said they felt chronically stressed by school, homework topped the list as the number one contributor to this anxiety, considering they were assigned at least three hours of work to do at night.

Besides exceeding what the National Education Association says is the recommended amount, that is, 10 minutes times the grade level, the students say all those hours of homework interfered with their family time, social life and most importantly, sleep.

Connor concluded, “They weren't asking for no homework, they were just asking for manageable amounts of useful homework.”

Just 6 percent of the respondents found all that homework was beneficial to their education.

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