How Much Of Homework Is Too Much

Can a good thing be extreme? Of course! As the famous saying goes, "too much of anything is bad" for example, water is good for the body, but there is a limit to how much you can drink. You overdo it and cannot walk or move your body. Or imagine drowning in so much water —that's too much "goodness."

Now, you get the picture I am trying to paint. Too much homework is detrimental to the student's health. The question now is not whether it is good or bad, but how much is too much. Just like the illustration about water above, homework also has a limit—beyond which it is destructive to the student's well-being. 

Some parents do wonder what the essence of homework is; after a long day at school. Homework is only useful when students can learn with ease and develop critical thinking skills from doing it. Most times, it is found that teachers are not intentional about the homework they give their students—they give them to justify their work and what they are being paid for.

For homework to be useful, it must be personalized for each student, not just general, because students vary in strengths and weaknesses. The quality of the homework teachers give to their students matters more than the quantity. 

According to an article in the New York Times, 25-30 minutes is enough for homework after a long day at school. Else, it might lose its effectiveness. Sometimes, the homework teachers give that exceeds 30 minutes to complete students to start copying each other's work and never understanding the topic of concern. 

Also, students may resort to paying for an online writer's services to complete their homework for them. Not that it's a bad idea, but balance is key. A student that is always (emphasis on always) depending on online writing services to complete their homework may never develop good writing and research skills. 

Homework is too much when students are robbed of their rest and playtime. Homework allows parents to be involved in their children's learning process, but should not make them anti-social. This will happen if the time spent on homework exceeds 30minutes. 

When homework is engaging for children, including adults, it is useful. Ineffective homework can frustrate and confuse a student—especially when the topic is difficult and incomprehensible. 

Sometimes, teachers give their students assignments to keep them busy and not necessarily to be effective. This will only make the child resent themself, or begin to think that he is not smart. This can be the beginning of low self-esteem. 

Homework is too much when the student has to stay up all night to get it done. After a busy and engaging day at school, what a child needs is a little work to remind him of what he was taught in school.