I tried to tell my parents this but they just wouldn't listen! I knew then even as young as I was that all that homework in 3rd grade did was waste prime play time. What matters most in elementary are the lessons that happen at school. In my personal opinion recess is also a key part of school and yes, I think they need to be teaching cursive as well. I'm also one of those crazy parents that if and when necessary I have and will continue to give my permission for a good old fashioned spanking.

You can read the article on the importance of homework here.