Closing the Book on Homework: Enhancing Public Education and Freeing Family Time / Edition 1

Closing the Book on Homework: Enhancing Public Education and Freeing Family Time / Edition 1

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by John Buell
     
 

In this, the sequel to his critically acclaimed and controversial The End of Homework, John Buell extends his case against homework. Arguing that homework robs children-and parents-of unstructured time for play and intellectual and emotional development, Closing the Book on Homework offers a convincing case for why homework is an outgrowth of broader cultural… See more details below

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In this, the sequel to his critically acclaimed and controversial The End of Homework, John Buell extends his case against homework. Arguing that homework robs children-and parents-of unstructured time for play and intellectual and emotional development, Closing the Book on Homework offers a convincing case for why homework is an outgrowth of broader cultural anxieties about the sanctity of work itself.

After the publication of Buell's previous book, many professional educators portrayed reducing homework as a dangerous idea, while at the same time parents and teachers increasingly raised doubts as to its continued usefulness in education.

According to John Buell, the importance of play is culturally underappreciated. Not only grade schoolers, but high school students and adult workers deserve time for the kind of leisure that fosters creativity and sustains a life long interest in learning. Homework is assigned for many reasons, many having little to do with learning, including an accepted, if unchallenged, belief that it fosters good work habits for children's futures. As John Buell argues convincingly, homework does more to obstruct the growth of children's minds, and consumes the time of parents and children who may otherwise develop relationships that foster true growth and learning.

A unique book that is sure to fuel the growing debate on school reform, Closing the Book on Homework offers a roadmap for learning that will benefit the wellbeing of children, parents, and teachers alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592132188
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Publication date:
12/19/2003
Series:
Teaching/Learning Social Justice Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Homework as an Issue in American Politics1
1Revisiting the Evidence9
2A History Lesson about Work and Homework30
3Educating Global Citizens or Global Workers?67
4Education at the Epicenter102
Conclusion: On Character and Public Education in Democratic Society133
Notes149
Index157

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