Why are we as a nation so obsessed with homework, we send our children to school at an earlier age than any other country and our school day is longer, we have shorter holidays and our children have more homework than other country. The results of all this are we getting better educated children, no, higher result than others, no.
I would never suggest we should not help our children at home, help them to read and write and if they ask help with maths or what ever subject they need. How many of us can honestly say we have never been tempted to over support to get homework out the way, we hear of families devoting weekend to taking children to places for their school project and hundreds of teachers can tell you how easily they can pick out the work done by parents but cannot prove it.
Until children reach the last year of primary school I believe there should be no homework except reading to children and encouraging them to write but this should be informal not regulated. If when they reach secondary education they cannot pass an examination after five full school days over a 12 week term and four terms a year then so be it. I believe and I know there are a significant number of parents agree children arrive home hungry and tired and an hours homework is not acceptable, neither should every weekend be ruined by the continual nag of have you done your homework. Setting home work in school holidays totally defeats the reason for the break to let the children re-charge their batteries.
If there needs to be an extra prep class after school then I suggest we look at the curriculum time and or teaching. Children go to school to learn they should not bring the classroom home with them, it is bad for them and for family life.