It seems that the consensus on this board is that homework is bad. Why? Homework, to me, is a chance to reinforce concepts learned at school, promote retention, and a way to involve parents in the learning process. How is that bad? Here is the homework I give each night: Reading log- read or be read to anything for 20 minutes and record it in a log Math - short activity based on class work that day Spelling - students select an activity choice from a menu to help learn words/spelling pattern of the week. If this is "busy work", how so? Homework, in total, shouldn't take my students more than an hour, max. That leaves them several hours free to do other activities or chores. I accept notes from parents if homework must be missed due to special circumstances like appointments or special plans. If your argument against homework is that kids need to relax, why? They don't relax so much in high performing countries and a moderate amount of homework still allows for relax time. Plus, while I'd like to believe that extra relax time would mean for more outdoor play, most of my students report to me that the bulk of their free time is spent in front of a tv or computer screen. Personally, I think academics is a better use of their time. So why is homework bad? I can assure you that I not looking to debate. I genuinely don't understand that argument against it and I'm hoping to be enlightened.