One mom fears we're pushing kids too hard.
My son already has one to two hours of homework a night ... and he's in second grade! Even my daughter has homework, and she's only in kindergarten.
My husband and I cannot even figure out some of the homework my son brings home, and we both have college degrees. My son is being pushed much harder than I ever was at his age.
My son doesn't go to some fancy college-prep school -- he attends the local public school in our neighborhood. But there is so much pressure for the students to perform well on district-wide standardized tests, the teachers end up piling on more and more homework.
I guess this isn't good enough for Arne Duncan. He wants our kids to go to school LONGER (and get even more homework, I'm sure), plus have shorter summers.
Don't get me wrong: I want my son to get a good education. But what happened to just being a kid?