Two interesting articles in the Atlantic:
My Daughter's Homework is Killing Me, in which a father attempts to do his 8th-grade daughter's homework for a week.
My Insane Homework Load Taught me How to Game the System, in which a high school student realizes that the objective of high school is not to become a good learner, but a good student.
I liked this comment (from dantes342, on My Insane Homework Load):
I see a lot of this in the "good" school district of Upper Tax Bracket. This is how our kids are overworked and undereducated.