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

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

by Alfie Kohn


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

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 set of misconceptions about learning and a misguided focus on competitiveness has left our kids with less free time, and our families with more conflict. Pointing to stories of parents who have fought back-and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework-Kohn demonstrates how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children's love of learning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738211114
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 08/13/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 508,571
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Alfie Kohn is the author of ten previous books, including Punished by Rewards, The Schools Our Children Deserve, and Unconditional Parenting. He lives with his family in the Boston area.

Table of Contents

The Truth About Homework
"Missing Out on Their Childhoods"     3
Does Homework Improve Learning? A Fresh Look at the Evidence     25
Does Homework Provide Nonacademic Benefits?     49
Six Reasons Homework Persists (Despite What the Data Say)
"Studies Show ..."-Or Do They?     71
The Questions Left Unasked     87
What We Haven't Learned About Learning     101
The "Tougher Standards" Fad Hits Home     119
Better Get Used to It     141
Idle Hands...     151
Restoring Sanity
Rethinking Homework     163
Making Change     183
Notes     199
References     229
Acknowledgments     243
Index     245

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