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

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Da Capo Press, 2007 - Education - 250 pages
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So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil-or even demand a larger dose? Kohnís incisive analysis reveals how a set of misconceptions about learning and a misguided focus on competitiveness has left our kids with less free time, and our families with more conflict. Pointing to stories of parents who have fought back-and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework-Kohn demonstrates how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our childrenís love of learning.
  

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User Review  - Jen - Goodreads

This is a book every parent and teacher should read. It is a fascinating, well written book, with ideas supported by research. I only wish I had read this when the kids were younger entering ... Read full review

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

User 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

Contents

Missing Out on Their Childhoods
3
Does Homework Improve Learning? A Fresh Look at the Evidence
25
Does Homework Provide Nonacademic Benefits?
49
SIX REASONS HOMEWORK PERSISTS DESPITE WHAT THE DATA SAY
69
Studies Show Or Do They?
71
The Questions Left Unasked
87
What We Havent Learned About Learning
101
The Tougher Standards Fad Hits Home
119
Better Get Used to It
141
Idle Hands
151
Rethinking Homework
163
Making Change
183
Notes
199
References
229
Acknowledgments
243
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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.

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