Is homework out of control? Some parents think so and many school districts across the country are thinking about following the "10-minute rule" created by Duke University psychology professor Harris Cooper. The rule says kids should get 10 minutes of homework for every grade level. That's 10 minutes of homework each night for a kindergartener and 50 minutes for a fifth grader.
The rule has been endorsed by the National PTA and the National Education Association. Most fifth graders I know have several hours of homework each night and in some cases, it's so extreme, the parents are doing projects for the kids (shhhhhhhh!) because there's just not enough time in the evenings to get it all done.
Parents seems to be split on the issue with some saying homework provides necessary repetition students need to learn a subject and Mom and Dad should step up to the plate and provide all the support needed. Others believe too much homework steals time from childhood activities kids should be free to pursue.
There's got to be a happy medium in there somewhere. Maybe this 10-minute rule could do the trick.