Until I read this article, I thought the anti-homework movement had only one member: me.
I hate homework. I didn't like it much as a kid, and now as a parent responsible for supervising my daughter's homework, I like it even less. (I have to admit, though, that my daughter loves it. She's been known to refuse to eat tea until allowed to complete her homework. Sheesh.)
I had two main reasons for deploring homework. The first was that it makes parents responsible for teaching their kids. This always seemed to me a way of perpetuating privilege: those kids with educated parents would do best, while those whose parents didn't have the education, time or inclination to help them would be disadvantaged. Or so I thought - according to the Stuff article, there's little evidence that homework offers much benefit for anyone.
My second reason was that the six hours kids spend at school each day seems quite long enough to me. Adults only work eight hours (in theory, at least), so to make a kid do six plus homework seems harsh.
Until I read the homework article, it hadn't really occurred to me that other families might find homework a stressful business. When I grew up, the job of supervising homework feel to my mum, because my father was at work - probably a fairly common arrangement. There were five kids in my family. That's a whole lot of times tables and spelling lists - poor mum.
Being part of my kids' learning is hugely important to me, but it takes the form of a whole range of activities. We read books, go to the museum, watch interesting stuff on TV or simply talk about stuff the kids enjoy. As a working mum, I'd much rather do this than squander my precious time with the kids by making them fill in homework sheets.