One elementary school in Menlo Park has banned conventional homework. How would that wash here. I hate being homework police for my kids, but even worse, I hate some of the projects my kids have to do. I am not a crafts person, but what is the value of making a model of a mission? Certainly nothing because generally it is the parents doing the work. And as for science fair, I certainly see no merit in timing how long the flavor of various brands of gum last (this is when the students do it themselves, rather than the parent).
The worst example of this was when my son and a friend spent hours with an electronics kit, learning all about transistors, etc. and following instructions made a device for a science project with flashing lights and bells. They unfortunately got a very poor grade for this as the device "had no scientific purpose". The whole point as far as I was concerne was what they learned in the process, not how scientific the results were. Unfortunately, the teacher did not see it this way and the grade stood. It proves to me that the education value of homework is not what it should be.