A few months ago, I wrote about my frustration with homework and relentlessly paced "learning" which sucks the joy out of actual learning. I received quite a few private e-mails about that post and a comment or two which suggested that I'm not the only parent who feels this way.
This week, I read about another parent who's doing a lot more than whining on her personal blog. Pop on over to Slate and read about Vicky Abeles' film "Race to Nowhere." It sounds like a powerful endorsement of the notion that we owe our children more than standardized tests, piles of homework, and more and more assignments. We owe them a childhood. And as Abeles suggests, we may be falling well short of that goal.