The internet, if not the world, breathed a collective sigh of relief when the story of a Texas teacher ditching homework assignments for her students went viral.
It was as if something most knew to be true was confirmed in one fell swoop: Homework stinks and we shouldn’t have to do any of it, especially when we could go out and play, hang out with friends or go to the mall.
But just how much of a toll does homework take on students?
According to U.S. News & World Report, students are spending more and more time on homework. A 2014 survey found that children in grades K-5 average about three hours of homework a week; middle school students see about 3.2 hours of homework per week; and high school students could see as much as 17.5 hours of homework during the school week.