The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

Front Cover
Da Capo Press, 2006 - Education - 250 pages
80 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Also, Kohn's writing is very well organized. - Goodreads
My advice: read that chapter; the rest is unnecessary. - Goodreads
If you want to further your own research - Goodreads
But, his writing is repetitive. - Goodreads

Review: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

User Review  - Meredith Murphy - Goodreads

Fantastic book, I plan to read more by Alfie Kohn. Read full review

Review: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

User Review  - Tosh - Goodreads

Alfie Kohn is a lone voice when it comes to contending the standard narrative in education. With this powerful book on the myth of homework, I can start using my creativity to lay a ground work in the ... Read full review

Related books


Missing Out on Their Childhoods
Does Homework Improve Learning? A Fresh Look at the Evidence
Does Homework Provide Nonacademic Benefits?
Studies Show Or Do They?
The Questions Left Unasked
What We Havent Learned About Learning
The Tougher Standards Fad Hits Home
Better Get Used to It
Idle Hands
Rethinking Homework
Making Change

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 230 - The Teaching of Arithmetic. Tenth Yearbook of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. New York : Bureau of Publications, Teachers College, Columbia University, 1935.

References to this book

References from web pages

Equal Time for Freethought Interview with Alfie Kohn by Arnell Dowret
Equal Time for Freethought. Interview with Alfie Kohn by Arnell Dowret. Aired February 4, 2007. Transcribed by Joel Schlosberg ... ETFF/ ETFF_transcript_204_Kohn.pdf

Bookworm - Big Ideas for Busy People: The Homework Myth
Non-fiction (and more!) that rocks my world - summarized for seekers of efficient enlightenment 2006/ 09/ the_homework_my.html

the homework myth
The Homework Myth:. Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing. (Da Capo Press, 2006). Listen to an interview with. Alfie Kohn about homework ... books/ hm.htm

Is Homework Necessary? SLJ Talks to Alfie Kohn - 12/6/2006 ...
Why do schools keep giving more homework when research shows there's no correlation to academic achievement article/ CA6397407.html

Teacher Magazine: The Homework Myth
Alfie Kohn, author of such standbys of progressive educational literature as Punished by Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve, aims in his latest ... tm/ articles/ 2006/ 12/ 01/ 03books-1.h18.html

The Homework Myth - Education Articles
Magazine. Current Issue · Back Issues · Top 100 Products Issue · Media Kit · Writer's Guidelines · Editorial Calendar · About Us · Subscribe ·... viewarticle.aspx?articleid=1011

The Homework Myth | New Hampshire Public Radio
Programs. Morning Edition · The Exchange · All Things Considered · Word of Mouth · Folk Show · Something Wild · Giving Matters · Program Schedule ... node/ 12450

Barbara Frank: Regarding "The Homework Myth"
It always cracks me up when people ask me if I give my kids homework. When I say no, they often look alarmed, and I get the impression that they think I'm ... 2007/ 02/ regarding-homework-myth.html

The Imperfect Homeschooler - Regarding "The Homework Myth"
The Imperfect Homeschooler. Feb. 19, 2007. Regarding "The Homework Myth". It always cracks me up when people ask me if I give my kids homework. ... BarbaraFrank/ 287871/

worldchanging Los Angeles: The Homework Myth
The Homework Myth. Jennifer Murphy May 20, 2007 12:11 PM. Article Photo. On May 15, the Pacifica Community Charter School of Culver City hosted Alfie Kohn, ... local/ losangeles/ archives/ 006722.html

About the author (2006)

Alfie Kohn is the author of ten previous books, including Punished by Rewards, The Schools Our Children Deserve, and Unconditional Parenting. He lives with his family in the Boston area.

Bibliographic information