Homework is eating American schoolkids and their families

The school is a business that produces educated children as products. The teachers are employees. The administrators are managers. The government is the board of directors. The taxpayers are the shareholders. School-businesses must be “accountable,” which means producing quarterly reports in which numbers — test scores, attendance — go up, regardless of whether that reflects any underlying educational merit.

— Cory Doctorow, criticizing the corporatization of education in response to a New York Times article about homework’s emotional toll on students and families.