Nancy Kalish's daughter was an enthusiastic middle-schooler—until homework started to take over, consuming her evenings and weekends. When she started dreading school, the Brooklyn mom began to grow alarmed.
Kalish teamed up with Sara Bennett, a fellow frustrated mom, to write The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It for parents of kids in grade school on up. Their investigation drew on academic research and interviews with educators, parents and kids around the country. Kalish spoke to Parenting about their findings: