I believe homework is evil in the primary years, especially for students that are NOT struggling with the fundamentals. The quality of homework that my son has been coming home with has been decreasing and becoming less imaginative and non creative (currently Grade 3). It does nothing for him except make him HATE school. It’s boring! He gets little reading books that are on topics that do NOT interest him. I’d rather see him totally engrossed in a good book (like Harry Potter, Wimpy kid or The Hobbit) than see him unhappy doing his homework….which by the way he feels he must do so that 1) his teachers are “happy” & he doesn’t get in trouble and 2) so he can get the “fake dollars” to buy stuff!
Differentiation – I would be less anti-homework if there were more teachers out there that took the time to differentiate and give appropriate-level homework to individual students. Some kids need extra help in spelling, some in Math and some should probably be left alone with a good book or an educational on-line game!