The question of why your second-grader seems to have so much homework is, in many ways, a question that only your teacher can fully answer. Having said that, it is not at all uncommon for parents to feel as though their second-grader, or any child that is school-aged for that matter, has a larger amount of homework than the parent did when the parent was a second-grader. In addition, there may be specific reasons that your second-grader is not doing homework very fast, making it seem as though he has a lot of homework.
Over time, the amount of homework that is given to second-graders, and to most levels of the school years, has indeed increased. In the 1970s, for example, a second-grader might have somewhere around a half of an hours worth of homework in an entire week. Today, the average amount of homework for a child that is either a first-grader or a second-grader, or even a third-grader, is around 20 minutes per day, or near 100 minutes per week. This is more than three times the amount of homework that a parent may have had when they were a second-grader, so it definitely may seem like there is much more homework.
For some second-grade children, however, the issue isn’t just an issue of how the parents are perceiving the amount of homework that the second-grader has. It may be, for example, that the second-grader is struggling with some of the material, and it is taking much longer than expected for the second grade child to complete the homework. In some cases, it may be that the second-grader is not finishing work inside of the classroom setting, and so has to take the homework home, which of course adds to the overall amount of homework that the second-grader has to complete.
If you are concerned that your second-grader has too much homework, you should speak with the second-grade teacher. If your child is struggling to complete the homework, you may have a variety of options to seek help or to perhaps reduce the amount of homework that your child is required to complete.