Researchers found that, on-average, high school students are doing more than three hours of homework each night. and get this, 56 percent of students in the study say it's the primary stressor in their lives.
Here's the back story: researchers say they wanted to take a close look at the effect of homework load on students' lives, including its effects on their well-being, classroom engagement, and overall level of stress.
The study published in the journal of experimental education surveyed more than 4,000 students from 10 high performing public and private high schools in upper-middle-class areas of California.
These schools were chosen, according to researchers, because the value of homework is deeply entrenched in those communities.
The research found that excessive homework is associated with physical health problems, such as migraines, ulcers, weight loss, and sleep deprivation as well as a lack of balance in childrens' lives and high stress levels.
But one of the potential weaknesses of the study: researchers relied on student's self reporting.