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what is an appropriate amount of homework for...

High school:

I say
elem: nothing but reading or studying for a spelling test or something
Middle: no more than 2 hours absolute tops.
High: an hour or less if grades are showing that the child is up to speed

by high school they are moving into try to prepare for life by getting jobs or participating in sports or clubs. If the grades are good there is no need for 3 hours of homework.


Asked by Anonymous at 1:36 PM on Feb. 26, 2010 in General Parenting

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Answers (7)
  • None.

    Schools have kids for 6 or more hours a day and they should do what they have to do during those hours. Homework puts the kids that are most disadvantaged at more of a disadvantage. Kids that have parents that work, are less educated, don't care, are disorganized, ect. are going to have problems with getting homework done. That will hurt their grades and they may be punished when the situation is beyond their control.

    High school students may have other responsibilities like jobs.

    Answer by Gailll at 2:08 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • If they have no more than an hour of homework/day in highschool, then they are going to be in for a very rude awakening when they hit college and are expected to spend at least one hour/night per class! I spent that much time reading alone for my college classes, not to mention the papers and actual homework.
    College would have seemed like pure hell had I not been prepared for having that kind of workload.

    Answer by missanc at 1:41 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • i work in elem. we are required to give them homework. most just ask them to read. send home one math paper (so parents know what skills they are working on,) one spelling paper (and the implication to study) and one reading paper. so they are given real assignment to turn in 3 days a week. in middle school i think an hour is fair but you must remember that what will take a gifted learner 30 minutes could take a struggling student 2 hours. in high school there is a problem with the current American system. all the teachers have their own agenda. at some schools they make them have meeting and talk about that... but not all schools. they may have no idea they are giving big assignments on the same night as 3 other classes... communication is the problem. but all the kids have different classes (some take spanish some take french.) with homework, it should not be a new idea. only things the kids


    Answer by AmaliaD at 1:47 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • have already mastered. things they completely understand. (except for reports - which is something the kid has chosen and want to learn about) if your child is struggling with the homework ... you need to figure out what is causing it --- Is the teacher giving too much homework (passing off the work onto the students) / are the teachers just bad about all assigning big stuff on the same day or Is your child needing extra support - like a tutor or having the school do an IET meeting on the child... You do that by talking to the teacher and other parents of kids in the class.

    Answer by AmaliaD at 1:50 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • Elementary school (1st-6th) the rule is 10 minutes per night per grade level--so 10 minutes in 1st, 20 minutes in 2nd...Middle school (7th and 8th) is generally 1-2 hours per night. And High School is generally 2+ hours per night.

    The most important thing one needs to take away from homework assignments is developing great time management and organizational skills! Come college, students are on their own! Professors could care less if a student shows up or not. If you cannot manage your time well, make it to class regularly and on time, and complete your assignments without constant hand-holding, then you will fail. That's life!

    My K and 2nd grade children have special needs. I give them homework EVERY night--including weekends and summers--simple activity sheets. They do not know that not doing homework is an option. They benefit from the extra practice. I plan on riding this wave as long as possible! LOL :o)


    Answer by LoriKeet at 1:53 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • It can take less time to homeschool kid then it does messing with sending them to school. You can usually equal a public school education with about an hour of homeschooling a day. Sending kids to school is worse than just doing it yourself. That's not the way it should be.

    Answer by Gailll at 2:11 PM on Feb. 26, 2010

  • You live in a fantasy world. US schools have the average shortest school day and school year in the industrialized world. The amount there is to learn continues to grow. In order to have a child prepared for college, which requires an average of three hours a week for homework/studying for every class hour), the amount of homework build over the years. My high school freshman has 2-5 hours a week of homework a night; she has four honors classes, one regular class, plus PE and dance.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:52 AM on Feb. 27, 2010