Believe it or not, homework in pre-kindergarten is soon going to be the national norm. Kids who can’t read or barely hold a pair of scissors are nightly expected to look for letters in a magazine, cut them out, and paste them into notebooks. Instead of letting kids be kids, there’s a huge rush to get kids ahead of themselves. It sounds kind of old-fashioned, but I believe – and studies show – it’s important to slow down and let children have some time to play, to develop at their own pace, to be creative. Homework interferes with all of that. — Sara Bennett, who lives in Brooklyn, leads efforts to reduce homework. She authors the blog www.stophomework.com.