Too much homework! It’s a common complaint heard in nearly every teenage household.
But in many homes today, that protest also is coming from parents.
Author Karl Taro Greenfeld decided to take a firsthand look at the problem after becoming increasingly alarmed by how much homework his 14-year-old daughter Esmee had every night.
"Cutting into dinnertime, cutting into family time – so I naturally began to wonder, what is the actual nature of the work that she's doing every night?" he told TODAY.
So for one week last school year, Greenfeld suffered through the same homework assignments as Esmee, a student at a selective public middle school in New York.
How do you feel about homework? Do you feel it is a useful tool? Do teachers assign appropriate homework (and is the amount of homework appropriate)?