This was much better–better researched, more convincing–than The Case Against Homework. Jul 18, Carmen Liffengren rated it liked it. More homework is being piled on children despite the absence of its value. Closing the Book on Homework: These tests therefore do not produce an accurate picture of what children can do.

That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate. Why it had to be everyday? Hardcover , pages. I felt that anyone interested and intelligent enough to make it that far in the book had gotten the point by then. What does it say about my profession that we spend the day with other people’s children trying to make them into critical thinkers who are able to question the world around them and their place in it, and th As a parent and an educator, I’ve never been a fan of homework. The Case Against Homework:

I think he does myty a number of really muth points that help bring the question of homework into a focus that many other discussions completely fail to. Some people cannot fathom the idea of no homework that doesn’t mean kids don’t continue their education at home just that what they will try and learn isn’t set and moderated by a teacher but don’t panic the work that comes home from schools doesn’t have to go away.

Such wlfie seem to reason that as long as their kids have lots of stuff to do every night, never mind what it is, then learning must be taking place.

In The Homework Mythnationally 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.

Some people’s argument in this modern age is that if kids are not given homework or made to do something adults deem worthwhile, hard work, grind, setting up their future etc.

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

Want to Read saving…. In such a position there is a strong temptation to avoid new initiatives that call the status quo into question. He also critisizes his opponents use of citiations, while flaunting his own out of text citations. His views on homework nutshell: 0206 learning regarded as a process that’s active or passive?


This book examines the research that has been used to justify the mountains of homework kids are given, and finds that most homework isn’t that beneficial. Teachers who consult with their students on a regular basis would shake their heads vigorously mytj you to suggest that kids will always say no to homework — or to anything else that requires effort. He is constantly adding that research does not back up giving homework for academics, but actually shows it may be harmful.

Find out what students think of homework and solicit their suggestions — homeworkk by distributing anonymous questionnaires. Help teachers move away from grading.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Liked this book a lot. I wish every hlmework, principal, parent, and legislator would read it. Aren’t their better ways to teach responsibility that don’t undermine a child’s natural curiosity?

The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

When I switched to Nancy Atwell’s reading and writing workshop, I didn’t do that anymore. But I still think that it’s a must read for all teachers and parents! When he writes that most HW studies show only an association, not a causal relationship, Kohn is trying to stretch the association and put a wedge into the beliefs.

And that growth occurs precisely because the teacher asked rather than told.

Rethinking Homework – Alfie Kohn

Cooper et al showed that showed that no evidence that homework improves academic achievement in elementary school. Kohn’s book is well researched and he even gives homfwork of how to forge ahead.

For anyone willing to shake things up in order to do what makes sense, beginning a conversation about homework is a very good place to start. Closing the Book on Homework: National Research Council has been sharply critical of AP tests because “coursework resembles a test-preparation seminar rather than an in-depth academic experience” and they “don’t provide much of an academic boost to students when they get to college” Since when I was teaching, I didn’t have a family per se, I didn’t understand this.


Jul 18, Carmen Liffengren rated it liked it. However, I think the book suffers from poor organization and I think hommework tries to keep his main pedagogical push separate from that of his other works or ta I wasn’t sure whether to give this book 3 stars or 5. This seems okhn be a good page article the chapter on Rethinking Homework surrounded by relentless attacks.

The Homework Myth:

Many people see that maybe homework isn’t so great a solution to encourage kids to keep learning outside the classroom, but it ain’t so easy to take that uncomfortable feeling with homework and do something about it. This one felt like a lot of quoting others and unnecessarily long-winded in places. Ok, so let’s just assume that screens hold no opportunity for learning, creativity, connection with other human beings, exploration of values, building problem solving skills, career opportunities or life experiences just saying I don’t believe any of that and I will defend screens and video-games to the high heavens and back – not saying they are perfect or never negative just saying they are valuable.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Klhn parents are understandably upset with how much time their children have to spend on homework. In fact, Japan has ended homework in some places. Kohn’s book is a plea to consider these things and not only consider them but to really think about what good education looks like and what we want the quality of our lives and our kids’ lives to be.