The whole emphasis on homework for school-aged children, especially before high school, is misplaced and wrong to me. Apparently, research has shown that homework is largely not productive for children’s learning, and I will obtain some bibliographic info./citations on these sources on a small essay I might write someday on this subject.
When I think about all the homework put on me from especially 5th grade on through to 10th grade and the pressures from teachers and my parents about getting it done well and on time, I see how it was such a source of performance anxiety development and internalization of shame in my psyche. Also, grades were overly-emphasized, as if I were my grades. Such falseness and a waste of time and energy over something not important. My intelligence was there intact, regardless of my grades, which were largely poor through grammar, middle, and the first half of high school.
Parents and teachers reading this, please do not pressure and shame your children/students around homework and grades. If your kids are smart, they’ll learn however they best learn. Trust and support them in that, please, and go from there. Thank you.