“Our school district is very competitive,” Brooks told Metro Parent in a 2014 interview.
“I think they are under a lot of stress where I teach.
When homework reduces this time, children's social development may suffer.
It's not surprising that homework can greatly increase family stress.
And not just where I teach – we live in a very competitive society.” In an effort to examine the relationship among homework, a student’s well-being and behavioral engagement, researchers looked at survey data from 4,317 students from 10 high-performing schools – four public and six private – in upper-middle class neighborhoods.
With parent consent, students completed a 40-minute survey during school.A 2004 University of Michigan study found that the amount of homework had increased 51 percent since 1981.While many educators use homework to supplement the material learned in class, homework doesn't always improve academic performance, and a 2003 "Review of Educational Research" study found that the current way teachers assign homework is not academically beneficial.And it’s something that’s happening here in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor, too – but starting even earlier than high school.In fact, Stacy Brooks, who once served as life skills teacher at Derby Middle School in Birmingham, says many students have expressed feeling overwhelmed by the amount of homework they receive, which ranges from one-and-a-half to three hours each night.Finally, if your kid is really struggling with the workload, Brooks says it might be time to talk to his or her teacher.The amount of homework children bring home every day can be overwhelming.Your child might be missing Grandpa’s birthday because he’s too busy trying to juggle school with everything else. They are so well-rounded, but they have no free time,” Brooks says.Practice is a key part of learning, so homework isn’t going anywhere.Parents may spend an inordinate amount of time fighting with their children over homework, enforcing homework rules and mastering concepts they need to help their children excel.The study found that stress, frustration and conflicts over homework are particularly pronounced in families with a child who is struggling academically.