Teachers should be invited to reflect on whether any given example of homework will help students think deeply about questions that matter. Amazing resemblance between children and employees! American Psycholgist, January Refresh and try again. RESOURCES We are awash in articles and books that claim homework is beneficial — or simply take the existence or value of homework for granted and merely offer suggestions for how it ought to be assigned, or what techniques parents should use to make children complete it. No longer are kids out playing and bike riding; instead, they’re just staring at phones or laptops, which is primarily for entertainment’s sake — not for anything educational.

Also see Bowles and Gintes for a broader argument that schools are designed to prepare people for a life of essential passivity — socializing children to obey authority, expect to be controlled with rewards and punishments for persevering at tasks they are compelled to complete, because that is what our economic system requires. When teachers either eliminated homework or greatly reduced assigned homework, they noticed that their students became reinvigorated for learning. 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” Jul 25, Benedict rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In other words, my students aren’t doing a lot of hw.

I think the main take away is to trust children more.

Rethinking Homework

ERIC document June This one leans a little heavy on alcie elementary level, and I’m more concerned with secondary. If you understand how to do the work, you don’t need to do a lot of practice. We could change the world of education for the better by revising our attitudes toward homework.


Jul 25, Benedict rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Apfie keeps them engaged. But when the learning is meaningful we learn much faster. What I did feel good about was the section where Kohn describes how we should rethink homework.

Just reread this book and was reminded why I am such a fan of this one!

The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

Many parents lament the impact of homework on their relationship with their children; they may also resent having to play the role of enforcer and worry that they will be criticized either for not being involved enough with the homework or for becoming too involved.

Analysis of TIMMS data from comparing fifty countries found amount of homework assigned negatively correlated with stu I still haven’t quite figured out what to do about homework, but this book helped me think more deeply about it.

Is it actually addressing the specific needs of every single student? And, ultimately, take that conversation to the principal and the district level. What is true of education in general is true of homework in particular. When do we fit in other equally-as-important learning activities like music lessons, creative play, chores and family time? Amazing resemblance between children and employees!

Good views that can as well apply on business delegation and thinking of meaningful Projects, assignments or daily tasks.

The Homework Myth:

Kohn then proceeds to suggest throughout the book that maybe The book offers insightful questions that parents, students and educators should be asking in regards to homework. It’s really practice for a life spent working in corporations. I think this should be required reading for teachers and administrators–and I recommend it for parents, too. Too many first graders are forced to clip words from magazines that begin with a given letter of the alphabet.


Rethinking Homework – Alfie Kohn

Every teacher needs to read this book!!! This one felt like a kohh of quoting others and unnecessarily long-winded in places. I am sure I will pick it back up at some point though because the one part I didn’t read is his solutions to the problem and ideas for the future of education, which is probably more optimistic than the rest of the book!

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

This seems to be a good page article the chapter on Rethinking Homework surroun What a screed! Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. In fact, Japan has ended homework in some places. A Synthesis of Research, But best of all, it brings back the now almost forgotten question: To see what your friends thought of this book, tue sign up.

Homework reviews important skills. As far as I know, there isn’t a school in the area that doesn’t give homework and I don’t okhn that it’s super likely that that will change anytime soon.

Kohn comes from far left of center in his writing about education.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Apr 05, jacky rated it really liked it Shelves: Does it seem to assume that children are meaning makers — or empty vessels?