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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 [Kindle Edition]

Alfie Kohn
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"A good book to have on hand when defending the idea of homework-free elementary schooling."--"San Antonio Express-News"

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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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 393 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0738211117
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press; Reprint edition (3 April 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009G1T43I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #256,066 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally someone speaks out 28 Jun 2007
By catie
As a parent have you ever yelled at your children to get them to do homework, have you tried to "help" them by fighting your way through masses of mass-produced worksheet and have you ever wondered if there was a point ? Did you give up a trip, a walk, reading, talking with your kids because they have homework?

As a teacher have you ever had a great lesson with your students and watch the joy go away and heard the moans as soon as you mention the word "homework"?

If the answer is yes then this is the book to read. Parents and teachers know it and Alfie Kohn proves it : homework is useless. Fight it , replace it with home learning and spend time with your kids doing what you and they like. It will "teach them" more thing than another worksheet.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another great work by Kohn 6 Feb 2010
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Kohn's book on homework is superb. He systematically demolishes the 'popular culture perspective' on the benefits of homework and what it is designed to accomplish and highlights that, as prescribed, it can have a deleterious effect upon children and families. He is critical but not totally anti- homework - just anti-homework-as-homework-is-done. I like how he writes - and have read a few of his other books as well - and find even where I disagree, I am better off from being provoked into thinking about an issue from his perspective than I would otherwise have been.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every teacher and parent! 13 Jan 2010
Once again Alfie Kohn does the impossible - he breaks into the heart of our dearly held assumptions about human nature and in this case our views of homework for children and counterintuitively shows how wrong we are! This is so refreshing and liberating!
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