I saw a link from Scholastic to this article on my Facebook news feed yesterday.
As a teacher, I struggle with the "no homework" push. Any teacher can tell you that even with homework, it's extremely difficult to even cover all of the concepts that are expected of us much less to ensure student mastery of each skill. Do I think that students need to do a specified amount of homework for each class every night? No. But I do believe there are some good life-lessons that come from a little practice at home.
For one, I have an issue with raising a generation of kids that believe they are "done" when that bell rings at 3:00, even if they didn't finish their work. That simply doesn't apply to the real world. Imagine if I walked out the door with my students after that bell and washed my hands of all lesson planning that was incomplete for the following day!
And yes, I recognize that my students have a lot going on outside of school, but I those are choices that families make. If your child is involved in so many activities that he simply cannot complete a simple assignment, I think it's time for you, as a parent, to ask yourself if all of those commitments are really necessary.
When I was a kid, homework was our first priority and then the fun. I think we really need to question ourselves as a society when we start pushing for schools to cease all learning at 3:00 so little Johnny can go to football and guitar lessons and everything else under the sun. Where are our priorities?