Teachers understand that this frenzy about teacher evaluations and standardized testing is limiting their power to teach the best they can. But often, they fail to see that their policy of assigning homework which overrides parental judgment has similar, negative effects.
In my book, The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students, and Teachers, I look at the homework debate not just from the perspective of what is good or bad homework (and there are many important and excellent discussions on that issue right now), but from the impact it has on parents and children who find that the work simply cannot get done. Children differ and those differences get exacerbated at home in a way that does not happen in school. Without the authority to make final decisions, parents are compromised, and the results can sometimes turn out quite bad.
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.