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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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