Scientists have found that because of the large number of tasks (essay writing, papers, lab reports) for children and parents, conflicts can arise on the basis of their implementation. The homework in such cases will cause exclusively negative emotions and this will not lead to any success in studies.
It is pointless to deny that studying hundreds of books, writing essays, rereading past material today is a worldwide phenomenon. Only 7% of the fourth graders admitted that they usually do not ask for anything at home. Homework is especially important for the teaching process in middle and high school.
As for elementary school students, it is scientifically proven that even 30 minutes of work on homework per day, combined with other types of learning activity and stress due to it, can have a negative impact. Chinese scientists believe that two hours a day spent on homework, certainly lead to sleep disturbance and stress. Almost 10% of fourth graders around the world admitted that they spend several hours every weekday for their homework. Every fifth fourth-grader in the world spends more than half an hour on homework on mathematics 3-4 times a week.
Gerald Kay LeTandre, Professor, University of Pennsylvania:
“The teacher should deal with each class separately, discuss with parents and students whether they are too busy with their homework.” Making sure that the assignment really has a positive impact on academic performance and the learning process as a whole. “
Obviously, the allowable amount of homework varies according to age, as well as cultural and family habits. Some time ago, French President Francois Hollande proposed to ban work at home altogether, because in his opinion, it could lead to the destruction of liberal order in society. The researchers confirm the serious impact of the homework: it is very unlikely that it can become a source of class inequality and enmity. The main source of information for researchers was the TIMSS database (International Monitoring Survey of the Quality of School Mathematical and Natural Science Education). The TIMSS ratings, which assess knowledge of individual subjects and the level of education in general, appear every five years and allow the destruction of a number of myths. For example, Asian countries, such as Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, have the highest math rates in the world, but the amount of homework there is less than the world average. In the Netherlands, every fifth fourth-grader does not do homework at all, but this did not stop Dutch students from entering the top 10 in the world in terms of mathematics. American schoolchildren are somewhere in the middle of the overall rating, and Russian students are stable in the first five for several decades now.