Teachers in many of the nations that outperform the U.S. on student achievement tests–such as Japan, Denmark and the Czech Republic–tend to assign less homework than American teachers, but instructors in low-scoring countries like Greece, Thailand and Iran tend to pile it on.
My two cents
Down with homework! I always hated homework and I was always jealous how parents could work 9-5 and then leave work behind them, while kids had to put up with school, and then do horrible homework that just spoiled the evening and the night. I think there are certain statist educators and/or politicians who like to be seen reforming the education system for their own political ends. One way of doing this was by arbitrarily and steadily increasing the amount of homework dished out to children.
I also think of the time when I telling on Isaac (a guy in my school) for getting his parents to do his assignment for him once. I could tell because it wasn’t his handwriting. He didn’t seem to deny it either. Part of me felt guilty for telling on him…but the other part of me didn’t.
Wallis, C. (2006). The Myth About Homework. Available: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1376208,00.html?internalid=AOT_h_08-27-2006_the_myth_about_. Last accessed 22nd Nov 2011.