Surprisingly, even the homework burden of college-bound high school seniors was discovered to be rather light, less than an hour per night or six hours per week.Public opinion polls also contradicted the prevailing story. Most said their children’s homework load was about right.Students with one to two hours of homework declined from 29% to 23%.
The first three rows of data for age 9 reveal a shift away from students having no homework, declining from 35% in 1984 to 22% in 2012.
Photos of angst ridden children became a journalistic staple.
The 2003 Brown Center Report on American Education included a study investigating the homework controversy.
These unhappy people are real—but they also may be atypical.
Their experiences, as dramatic as they are, may not represent the common experience of American households with school-age children.