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? Kohn’s 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 children’s love of learning.
 

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Some of the most fundamental expectations of children, parents, and educators are that children need homework, that they should get homework, and that the more they get, the better. According to Kohn ... 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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