The debate of whether homework is beneficial or not has been going on for quite some time. For decades, the homework standard has been a “10-minute rule” which recommends a maximum of 10 minutes of homework per night per grade level. This rule was endorsed by both the National PTA and the National Education Association. Although homework improves grades, test results, and the likelihood to attend college, it also has many negative effects including sleep deprivation, headaches, exhaustion, weight loss, and stomach problems.
Homework is beneficial in the way that it develops good study habits and life skills, however, it lacks evidence that it helps younger children. According to Terada, “As students mature and develop the study skills necessary to delve deeply into a topic—and to retain what they learn—they also benefit more from homework” (StudyInternational). Too much homework can cause stress, anxiety, depression, physical ailments, and even cause lower test scores.
Overall, throughout my research, I have concluded that homework can be beneficial as long as it follows the “10-minute rule”. Anything exceeding that can impact a student in many negative ways. When it comes to homework, quality means more than quantity. It should also be aimed to instill good work habits as well as promote self-directed learning.