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A new study investigating the affects of homework on students between Kindergarten and Grade 6 has determined that homework is a burden leading to long-term stress for youths and even marital problems for the parents at home.
In Ontario students spend upwards of 40 extra minutes on homework every day, compared to the other provinces, which average 32 minutes worth of extra work.
And therein lies the defining statement of the report: extra work.
The analysts say their research show homework becomes a benefit when students in Grades 7 and 8 begin delving into the world of taking home their academic work load but there is scant evidence its worthwhile asking a child who is just learning to tie their shoes to complete a math paper for the next day or live with the disappointment of their instructor and, possibly, their peers.
Indeed, education is the key which unlocks all doors of opportunity but we do have to consider the affects of asking our children to zero in on just one aspect of life - education - and allow it to impede on the other opportunities children are learning through experience; in most cases their first experiences ever.
Studies show, says professors Linda Cameron and Lee Bartel of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, the only conclusive boost children receive during these initial years is reading with, or to, children.
Its humbling to re-discover some of the family values which have been pushed aside for the sake of encouraging genius are exactly what children needed all along and that by buying into the belief that we must inundate a child with knowledge has only hampered them.
The great irony of this new Canadian study is that it is an abstract for not only young minds but old ones as well. The underlining message of this research, and many more studies conducted throughout the Unites States, is that there must be balance in life; a time when we draw the line and say we must move on to the next portion of the day and enjoy it; that we are not automatons focused intently on one objective.
We like to fly kites and ride bikes, too.

Organizations: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Geographic location: Ontario, Unites States

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  • there you ahve it
    March 09, 2010 - 09:26

    Well there it is, The reason we have grade 12 Graduates that can't read or write. I went to school in Springhill many years ago and am truly glad for the teachers that encouraged us to learn and taught us values. As per the above editorial it is now a bother and stress for kids to learn.
    Why bother sending them to school anymore if this is the attitude