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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When most students hear the word “homework”, chills run up and down his or her spine. Homework has gained itself a negative connotation over the years and nationwide research has been done to test its ... Read full review
Review: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad ThingUser Review - Christine Fay - Goodreads
Well, if you ever wanted any proof that homework prepares you for nothing else rather than for more homework, then this is the book for you. Research shows that independent outside reading does indeed ... Read full review
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