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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.
|Publisher:||Da Capo Press|
|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
Rethinking Homework 163
Making Change 183