Yesterday we were at our team lead meeting. One of the notes from the administration is that this year they support whatever homework we (or do not) send out, providing that any homework is focused on quality. Apparently there is a little group of parents at our school that is actively protesting homework and the admin wanted it to be known they support the homework policy or lack thereof of the teachers. One teacher was very adamant about sending out homework. She's a kinder teacher, and has the same group of parents protesting the kindergarten program as far too academically rigorous for young children (our school is known for having a pretty scholarly kindergarten). Her belief is that as our school has a high population of low SES students, this group of parents were failing to recognize that rigorous academics even at this early stage was these kids' hope out of poverty. We bantered that about for only a few minutes before moving on with the meeting, but it did get me curious. Based on the research I've seen, there's much good to say about a more play-based, less-academic preschool and kindergarten program. What I couldn't find was that if this changes when impoverished students are involved. Anyone known of any research either way? Only my curiosity is piqued now.