My problem with the homework loads is it always seems we are preparing them for the onslaught that is coming next. For example, in 4th grade they say, "well in 5th grade you're going to have a lot of homework so we have to get you ready." Which means the 4th grade load is increased. Why not let them be where they are? Settle into the space they currently hold and then they can learn what's coming when it comes. My feeling is the first year of high school SHOULD be about...