The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
Death and taxes come later; what seems inevitable for children is the idea that, after spending the day at school, they must then complete more academic assignments at home. The predictable results: stress and conflict, frustration and exhaustion. Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. But what if they don't? In The Homework Myth, nationally known educator and parenting expert Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework--that it promotes higher achievement, "reinforces" learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience. So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil--or even demand a larger dose? Kohn's incisive analysis reveals how a mistrust of children, a set of misconceptions about learning, and a misguided focus on competitiveness have all left our kids with less free time and our families with more conflict. Pointing to parents who have fought back--and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework--Kohn shows how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children's love of learning.
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Review: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad ThingUser Review - Heidi - Goodreads
Having had five hours a homework a night myself during high school, I feel strongly about trying to convince school administrators to adopt policies to reduce kids' homework loads. This book has some good research and arguments to support this position. Read full review
Review: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad ThingUser Review - Tarehna Wicker - Goodreads
This is a fantastic and easy read that examines the role of homework in K12 education. Kohn meticulously pulls apart research supporting homework and provides a convincing argument for the harm that ... Read full review
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