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

By Alfie Kohn
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Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Available on 01/29/2019

    ISBN: 9781549148699

  • Available on 12/18/2018

    ISBN: 9781549149078

Runtime: 6.97 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Educational
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A good book to have on hand when defending the idea of homework-free elementary schooling.” San Antonio Express-News
“Kohn sounds an important note: parents need to ask more challenging questions of teachers and institutions.” Publishers Weekly
“Well argued and will stimulate lots of discussion.” Library Journal
“Whatever their opinions about homework, parents and teachers will find this book an interesting part of the debate.” Booklist

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Author

Author Bio: Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn is the author of over a dozen previous books—including The Homework Myth, Unconditional Parenting, and Punished by Rewards—and hundreds of articles. His work has helped to shape the thinking of parents, educators, and social scientists throughout the world. A popular lecturer, he lives in the Boston area.

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Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD
Category: Nonfiction/Educational
Runtime: 6.97
Audience: Adult
Language: English