As we take a pause from classes, study, schoolwork and slow down to enjoy family, football, travel and a few days of sleeping in, we might also want to take a pause from homework. In the course of coaching parents and consulting with teachers and administrators, the issue of homework - how much, how little, the type of review or adding-on, has come up repeatedly and mystified both parties so much that it's no wonder students are overwhelmed or unmotivated to extend their own learning. As a parent, I firmly believe in play/play/service-based learning and inquiry learning logs and portfolios that document subject content, encourage transdisciplinary links, self-assessments and reflection. As an educator who has taught internationally and from K-12 and higher education, I have worked with families and schools that mandate and/or expect extensive homework plans and others that disregard it - there seems to be little difference in test scores or understanding; yet there are significant differences in attitude, self-confidence, resiliance and varied demonstration of understanding. Here, in the simplest (I hope) of terms are my thoughts about homework and the impact it ideally has on your child and your family.
This is what I have observed to be true in most cases:
It really isn't that complicated. Nor is it that black and white.
Let the dialogue continue.