I don't think the issue is whether homework should or should not be given. It's a matter of whether parents have authority over their own homes. I don't mind teachers giving homework. I have a problem with teachers enforcing homework over my objections (at least when my kids were young). I have three grown children. For two, homework was okay. For the third, it proved a major problem. I was surprised to learn that I was rendered helpless to make my own decisions about what took place in my home.
I think professional teachers will have disagreements among themselves about what homework should or should not be assigned. Some teachers, like the author of this article, will change their minds as they proceed through their careers. That's okay. That's part of developing as a professional.
The problem has nothing to do with differences in philosophy. It has to do with having the absolute power to enforce one's decisions, made in the classroom, over activities in the home. In the end, parents must have the final say. Once we accept that, I think we will find a great improvement in parent-teacher relationships and we will see more thoughtfulness in what homework gets assigned.
Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, is the author of The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Teachers, and Students, published by Wyndmoor Press.
I recommend giving copies of the book to the teachers at your child's school. Discount purchases are available through Wyndmoor Press. Single copies can be purchased at Amazon.