Alfie Kohn The Homework Myth

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My advice: read that chapter; the rest is unnecessary.I should begin by saying that I recently heard Alfie Kohn speak and was a big fan of what he had to say about education and parenting.

My advice: read that chapter; the rest is unnecessary.I should begin by saying that I recently heard Alfie Kohn speak and was a big fan of what he had to say about education and parenting.

To this end, we are sharing with you a collection of some very good titles on the subject.

Because we have grown up doing homework and assigning homework to our students, we thought it would be illuminating to learn about the darker side of homework and the perennial myths surrounding it.

Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. In The Homework Death and taxes come later; what seems inevitable for children is the idea that, after spending the day at school, they must then complete more academic assignments at home.

Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. In The Homework Myth, nationally known educator and parenting expert Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework--that it promotes higher achievement, "reinforces" learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility.

His handwriting, never very neat, was even sloppier than usual. That’s why it’s called ‘homework.’” Are you appalled by this story? Kohn, author of such standbys of progressive educational literature as Punished by Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve, aims in his latest book to expose the injustice and general worthlessness of homework. Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish in The Case Against Homework and John Buell in Closing the Book on Homework have also recently denounced homework as if it were a particularly cruel form of child labor held over from the 19th century.

Graham watched in astonishment as Barbara tore up his homework. These writers object to homework on both academic and nonacademic grounds.

We invite you to check out these reads and share with us your feedback.

Enjoy 1- The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning, by Etta Kralovec (Author), John Buell (Author): ‘Etta Kralovec and John Buell are educators who dared to challenge one of the most widely accepted practices in American schools.

It is also a divisive issue that divides the education community into two main camps:those who view is as a pedagogical necessity that boosts students cognitive and intellectual development and those who consider it an overload that burdens learners, demotivate them and suffocate their creativity.

It’s true there is no definitive academic and scientifically-based answer to favour the argument of one camp over the other but there is, however, a growing need to re-conceptualize the notion of homework especially in the light of the digital divide and achievement gap in schools.

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