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

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Da Capo Life Long, 2006 - Education - 250 pages
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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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User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

This book really made me think about my teaching. I don't have children of my own yet, but almost any mom or dad I talk to with kids in elementary school will tell me that the homework their child ... Read full review

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User Review  - Arian Alana - Goodreads

Kohn brings up another practice in education that has always been taken for granted. This time: homework. The value of homework is almost never questioned, but as Kohn put it, "This is a curious fact ... Read full review

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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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