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With the new school year comes the return of homework assignments which can be stressful on students AND parents.

Now a new study may help explain some of that stress.

According to a study by The American Journal of Family Therapy, students in the early elementary school years are being assigned significantly more homework than recommended by education leaders, sometimes three times as much!

An education standard endorsed by the National Education Association (NEA) and the National Parent-Teacher Association, is the so-called “10-minute rule” — 10 minutes per grade level per night. Meaning 10 minutes of homework in the first grade, 20 minutes in the second grade, and up to 120 minutes for senior year of high school.

A study last year showed that the impact of excessive homework on high school students included high stress levels, a lack of balance in children’s lives and physical health problems such as ulcers, migraines, sleep deprivation and weight loss.

What do you think? Are children getting too much homework or should they continued to be challenged with extra assignments? Post your comments on my #DigitalDiscussions on Facebook:

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