well said. i've spent too much time and negative emotions, fussing at our daughter in regards to math, because her teacher has a stick up her ass. my daughter is zoning out in math because she doesn't want to learn it. the teacher is likely frustrated because she is being ignored (lol) and whining to me about it. i was going to have a neighbor who is a tutor stop by and work with "binks" but my husband flipped out because he thinks that's ridiculous and that they teacher needs to do her job properly. so yeah you're right, just look at all the time and energy that's been wasted fussing over math.
i also hate homework. my take on it is that if the kids aren't "getting it" at school, then the teacher needs to work on her delivery. it makes no sense to me that they want to drill what they're learning into their brains, but then some kids get over three months off in the summer? btw our kids go to year round school (school 9 weeks then 3 weeks off) which i like. in any case i don't care how much math they try to cram down our kids throats, if they don't like math, it won't matter.