The homework should be purposeful. Don't teachers have to create assignments that are measureably designed to meet the requirements of the measurement/assessment administrators and their "learning outcomes"?
And back to the OP, which isn't about the homework itself per se, should students who don't do the work assigned to them be punished?
As a matter of fact, my kid does think I'm a rock star, but not because I hate homework as much as he does.
Of course, if he doesn't have any homework I'm just as likely to put him to work on the house or yard, or else invite him join me in some amusing frivolity involving boxing gloves or rubber knives or padded escrima sticks, unless we go out and kill some local wildlife for supper or something.
Fiddling While Rome Burns
Carthago Delenda Est
"I used to roll the dice; see the fear in my enemies' eyes... listen as the crowd would sing, 'now the old king is dead, Long Live the King.'.."
Semper Fidelis, Semper Liber.
Stolen fair and square from the Capt. Courtesey himself.I spit at lots of people through my computer screen. Not only does it "teach them a lesson" but it keeps the screen clean and shiny.