The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much Of A Bad Thing

August 14, 2007|
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much Of A Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn
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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? InThe 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.
Alfie Kohnis the author of fourteen previous books, includingPunished by Rewards, The Schools Our Children Deserve, andUnconditional Parenting. He lives in the Boston area.
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Title:The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much Of A Bad Thing
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.62 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.62 in
Published:August 14, 2007
Publisher:Hachette Books
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780738211114

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