Abolishing homework would be anti-work ethic. This book shines a light on the many negatives associated with HW including widening the already too wide achievement gap and the irrational ways we justify it preparing them for Homework seems to leave little time for other creative pursuits and seems to suck away intellectual curiosity from young burdened students. Kohn then proceeds to suggest throughout the book that maybe a no-homework policy is best as homework can be assigned only if the teacher thinks it would suit a specific need of a student, or if it is an enriching and organic activity, like helping parents to cook, care for plants, leisure reading, etc. Whether it was being done?

Maybe I’ll actually pen it and send it one of these days. This book shines a light on the many negatives associated with HW including widening the already too wide achievement gap and the irrational ways we justify it preparing them for But what if they don’t? Refresh and try again. If you’re wavering, as a parent or a teacher, on the issue of whether homework is good or even necessary, read this book. Many people see that maybe homework isn’t so great a solution to encourage kids to keep learning outside the classroom, but it ain’t so easy to take that uncomfortable feeling with homework and do something about it.

Some people’s argument in this modern age is that if kids are not given homework or made to do something adults deem worthwhile, hard work, grind, setting up their future etc. The best learning is not practicing rote skills, but learning in context and for meaning, alfiee “lettings tudents, individually or in pairs, find ways to solve problems, encouraging them to try various techniques, giving them ample time before calling them back togehter for a discussion so they can explain what they did, challenge each others’ answers, ask questions, reconsider their own approaches, and figure out what works “learning depends to a large degree on the interaction among children; it doesn’t lend itself to solitary efforts a the kitchen table” So as a teacher, I didn’t have a lot of personal experience of homework ruining family time and twisting family kohh.


When do we sit down and actually think, well what is the point of homework and why do we assign it?

The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

But, his writing is repetitive. One does wonder how one is to grade without homework however. Why should school be allowed to dictate so much of our after-school time?

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While it’s good to know I’m not alone or crazyit’s frustrating homewodk knowing what to do about it. Kohn comes from far left of center in his writing about education.

Lots of food for thought about homework. Love the points in this book! I must admit, first off, that I read this for a professional development class — not “just for fun”.

Indeed the test are often yoked to grade-by-grade standards that explicitly say ‘All nth graders will be able to. HW keeps them engaged.

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Middle class parents would help students break problems down into smaller parts and pose questions; lower class would provide direction. Questions of punishments, rewards, the forcing of inquiry, and 2006 idea of nonviolent communication are central to what homework attempts. When students not assigned homework they choose their own activities, which are meaningful to apfie.

I did, however, find myself composing a letter to our school superintendent in my head. May 05, Terry rated it liked it Shelves: This book treats this more as an aside in attempt to focus instead on the data of effectiveness.

Koh This book along with a few others on the subject need to be read by parents and teachers.

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

Every time education is described as an ‘investment’ or schools are mentioned in terms of the ‘global economy’ alarm bells should go off” I should begin by saying that I recently heard Alfie Kohn speak and was a big fan of what he had to say about education and parenting.


And I certainly notice a large This book postulates that there is little or no correlation myht homework and “learning”.

Does it seem to assume that children are meaning makers — or empty vessels? But in chapter 4 skeptically titled “‘Studies Show Students could spend every waking hour filling out worksheets or studying hoomework tests, but it still wouldn’t result in the creation of more or better, or higher-paying jobs wherever they happen homeworrk live, nor would it appreciably affect interest rates, the demand for professionals versus service workers, the degree to which market power is concentrated in the hands of mytn few giant conglomerates, or almost any other economic variable” There is a difference between what teachers want to teach and what kids actually learn.

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 homewori conflict.

As a parent, I’d prefer my kids had time to mess about, play games, lie on the sofa creating maps to fantastic worlds from the cracks in the ceiling and simply being kids.

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

Even if screen time is purely entertainment that doesn’t justify homework. Help teachers move away from grading.

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tye Many parents are understandably upset with how much time their children have to spend on homework. Still, when facing the stupefying forces advocating homework, here is a reasonable defense.