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Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do about It

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2006


    As a teacher and a parent I don't like giving lots of homework. I was very disappointed to find that the 'current research' was not referenced, so I couldn't find those studies to read. I was also disappointed by the suggestions on how to talk to your child's teacher. The suggestions are to request that your child be given special assignments, different from the rest of the class. Well, if every parent requested this, I would have 26 different homework assignments to grade every day! All this special treatment is going to teach kids that mommy and daddy can solve their problems. What will happen when they are grown adults and don't get their way on the job? Once I started reading this book I changed my purpose for reading it-to arm myself for the parent conferences it's going to spawn. Maybe I'll run to my local B&N and buy them all up so my parents can't!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Riding the Bandwagon to the Bank

    II had high hopes for this book when I picked it up based on the claim that it was research based and would help solve the homework problem. Instead, I was confronted by an anecdotal evidence, trite stories of kids requesting that 'we start a fire and do needle point while you read to us' instead of being tortured by their evil and ignorant teachers. As for the research, many studies were mentioned, but not referenced so we have to take the author's word that the findings were accurate, valid and properly reported. I agree that kids should play, but to imply that homework is the cause of the decline of family meals, game nights and quality time with your siblings is ridiculous. Save your time and money and go talk to your child's teacher about why they give homework.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2007

    The Big Picture

    What this book does is point out one of the major flaws of our educational system. When children are up until midnight working on homework they do not exercize, have free time, or get enough rest. As a Masters prepared certified pediatric nurse and mother of four I am concerned about the health and well being of our children. I can see how some people believe the more homework the better, but I look at how behind we are educationally when compared to other developed nations and can't help but believe part of our problem is we have gotten away from the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. In short our children know a little about a lot but don't know any of it well. I have been told they are going to be integrating social studies and science into the kindergarten curricula. We are expecting too much of these children. I do not believe any of this makes our children better educated. Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish have some good suggestions for tired and frustrated parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2006

    Let Children Play!

    'What can I say-- thank you, thank you so much Nancy Kalish for all the time and effort to produce The Case Against Homework. I hope every parent in America reads this book every teacher, principal and school administrator are confronted with its contents, and I wish very much that our children will FINALLY be allowed to play! ' Melinda S. Sothern, PhD Associate Professor, LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health Co-author - 'Trim Kids' and Editor - 'Handbook of Pediatric Obesity: Clinical Management'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2006

    Escape from homework hell

    I love this book! First, it confirms what I've suspected for years even as I've watched my kids slave away each night at their homework and nagged them to continue: Homework actually backfires when it's piled on by the ton. The authors present much research to back this up, especially a review of 180 studies done by Duke University. It's very convincing. There is also some very helpful stuff on how to 'gently' let your kids teachers know about the research and lighten their loads. I recommend this to all the parents out there who want to restore some sense of balance to their kids' lives and their own. You'll never look at a sheet of 50 math problems the same way, and hopefully your child's teacher won't either.

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