This is an interesting opinion with my comment below.
I agree with you quite a bit. In fact, much of what you say
coincides with the central themes of my book, The Homework Trap. School is
important but when homework is assigned, it traverses the boundaries between
home and school with extraordinary power to dictate and overrule the individual
parent’s judgment. Further, as you so aptly say, it does not work. Once you
look at the world from the child’s point of view, you realize that incessant
academic demands which intrude on the home and bypass parental authority serve
to teach children to dislike school and actually reinforce disobedient
behaviors. Many “bad behaviors” are actually adaptive behaviors used by the
child to deal with demands that do not make sense. Kenneth Goldberg, Ph.D. www.thehomeworkdoctor.com.