I've written about homework before, and it's a topic I consider often.
Over at The Teacher and the Admin, the two authors have written several posts lately on the this very topic. In one post, Gary Armida decries what he sees as the false notion that homework is necessary for students to learn responsibility.
We now give more work to kids than ever before. That “more” isn’t developing responsibility. That “more” is developing compliance.
I think the distinction between "responsibility" and "compliance" is a key one in schools today, and applies to more topics than just homework. How often do we teachers reward compliance over genuine learning?