Maybe I’ll actually pen it and send it one of these days. But when the learning is meaningful we learn much faster. Why do we wonder why students are not interested in learning and school is because we crushed that feeling of awe with loads of homework, standardized testing, and the continual degrading of their trust and nature of wanting to learn. 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. Instead, some places have more class time for instruction and support instead of encroaching upon the family.

Also, continuing projects not finished in class when students choose not to use class time is another new form of homework that Kohn recommends that I used in my classroom with writing workshop. The negative effects of homework are well known. Whether it was being done? This one felt like a lot of quoting others and unnecessarily long-winded in places. Skills develop rapidly and differentially in young children, which means that expecting all students of the same age to have acquired a given set of capabilities creates unrealistic expectations, leads to one-size-fits-all which is to say, bad teaching, and guarantees that some children will be defined as failures at the very beginning of their time in school. I wish every teacher, principal, parent, and legislator would read it. They need principals who question the slogans that pass for arguments:

Do some kids get useless homework?

What impressed me was how thoroughly Kohn presented his argument against homework. Schools that have tried confirm that this happens.

The Homework Myth:

Kralovec, Etta, and John Buell. So many times throughout this book I would read aloud to my husband and say, “Who does this sound like? Just because we did it doesn’t make it good for students, especially since younger and younger students are hojework assigned more and more work. 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.


Meanwhile, no study has ever substantiated the belief that homework builds character or teaches good study habits. Children just need to be given more input and control into whether, how much, when and what that homework looks like.

Teachers who consult with their students on a regular basis would shake their heads vigorously were you to suggest that kids will always say no to homework — or to anything else that requires effort. 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.

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

This book was great. Students could spend every waking hour filling out worksheets or studying for tests, but it still wouldn’t result in the creation of more or better, or higher-paying jobs wherever they happen to live, nor would it appreciably affect interest rates, the demand for professionals versus service workers, the degree to which market power is concentrated in the hands of a few giant conglomerates, or almost any other economic variable” 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.

Kids are living their real lives every moment of everyday and 2 why should kids be productive every second of their lives??

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

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. Probably PbR more than UP. Every counterargument that someone mentioned in my conversations, Kohn addresses. Rather, it’s ‘qualitative changes in teh ways students view themselves in relation to the task, myyh in the process of learning, and then respond to the learning activities and situation” Books by Alfie Kohn.


The stress and drudgery of homework may explain why it’s so ineffective. Do some kids get way too much homework? Additionally, as this was published in i. Kohn comes from far left of center in his writing about education. Apr 27, Sharon rated it really liked it.

It mytj have some moments in the middle that seemed a little of course to the topic but I guess it was there to add validity 206 the history of the mth of homework. But when the school is pressuring you to make your kids do homework, or worse punishing them if they don’t do it.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

And that may be the crucial thing parents and teachers take away from the book: And hopefully, teachers, too. Rather, the point of departure seems to be: Every time education is described as an ‘investment’ or schools are mentioned in terms of the ‘global economy’ alarm bells should go off” Apr 05, jacky rated it really liked it Shelves: Kohn cites plenty of research to back up his thesis.

The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

The best teachers know that children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions. Critique of standardized testing widespread: How much time students should be spending on HW? I began teaching in Baltimore and the principal mandated that we assign homework homewrk.