Back to school: Let's talk homework!
Homework has pretty much always been a given in high school, but it's being given now on a regular basis in elementary schools. There is a wide range of supposedly-expert opinion about the issue. Those in favor of homework for elementary kids are saying that it helps kids build good time-management skills, avoid the pitfalls of cramming for tests, better retain the information learned, and have an opportunity to explore the subject in more depth than the time at school allows. Those against it will tell you that there is no correlation between how much homework young children do and how well they comprehend material or perform on tests, and that homework cuts into a child's social & physical activities and also into precious family time. Some parents refuse to make their kids do routine daily homework at all, while others enroll their kids in after-school homework clubs so it gets done before the kids even get home, and some parents even switch schools because of the homework load difference between individual schools. Some teachers use the threat of extra homework as punishment for misbehaving in class, while others drop homework as a reward for good behavior. Some schools have set policies so parents & teachers have the same expectations about homework, and some districts have set policies to standardize homework load between schools.
Where you do stand on the homework spectrum? If your child is in elementary school, or if you're familiar with your school's or district's policy, what is it's official homework policy? Did you have homework in elementary school? If so, do you think it helped you in the long run? If not, do you wish you had?