Homework Myth Why Our Children Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

ISBN-10: 0738210854
ISBN-13: 9780738210858
Edition: 2006
Authors: Alfie Kohn
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Description: 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.  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Da Capo Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/21/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

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 revels 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.

Alfie Kohn was described by "Time" as "the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades & test scores." The author of the influential "No Contest" & "Punished by Rewards," he writes & speaks widely about human behavior, education, & social theory. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

The Truth About Homework
"Missing Out on Their Childhoods"
Does Homework Improve Learning? A Fresh Look at the Evidence
Does Homework Provide Nonacademic Benefits?
Six Reasons Homework Persists (Despite What the Data Say)
"Studies Show ..."-Or Do They?
The Questions Left Unasked
What We Haven't Learned About Learning
The "Tougher Standards" Fad Hits Home
Better Get Used to It
Idle Hands ...
Restoring Sanity
Rethinking Homework
Making Change
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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