The Homework Myth

The Homework Myth

Why Our Kids Get Too Much of A Bad Thing

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Life Long, 2006.
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed.
ISBN: 9780738210858
0738210854
Characteristics: v, 250 p. ; 24 cm.

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Apr 08, 2010

If you've ever wondered why it is that many children have to put in even longer "work" hours than their own parents, or if you're having conflict with your kids in the evenings over homework, don't read a book that advises you on how to "make" kids work harder--read this book instead!

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