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Too much homework for America's kids

Kids' homework pointers for parents.

Kids' homework pointers for parents. Photo Credit: iStock

If your 5-year-old is doing 25 minutes of homework a night, what does he do in school?

A new study from the American Journal of Family Therapy says our nation's elementary school kids have way too much on their after-school plates.

An average of 29 minutes for first-graders, for example, is nearly triple the homework time recommended by the National Education Association for that age (10 minutes per grade). Parents of kindergartners reported approximately 25 minutes.

Youngsters are being deprived of time that can be spent simply being kids. Real homework for them should include balancing outdoor playtime, video games and creative activities, not doing 20 repetitious fraction problems. Parents shouldn't always have to help their children with math instead of teaching them to ride a bike.

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