A brief, but hopefully an evocative response to an LA Times editorial on homework:
-- principals should be required to do a thorough examination of the homework their teachers are assigning. --
One of the major purposes of homework, arguably the only important point of homework, is a give parents a view into what the child is learning at school and the opportunity to be a part of the process. Pointless drill should not be assigned, although it frequently is. Homework should be a time for children to explore their own ideas and apply them to the lessons they have learned in the context of their own lives and family.
IMIO (In My Infallible Opinion)