While the homework discussion is not a new one, the competing factors affecting students' achievement as well as their well-being is likely to make it a continuing balancing act for schools around.
I hate homework, due to the fact that dd can not produce any work without constant supervision! Reading, spelling and tables I have no problem with in general. Dd is seven though and homework is a daily battle. She has reading (necessary), 10 spellings (fair enough), but, she has to write out three times each and then make a decent sentence for.