HW keeps them engaged. Everyday we bow to its demands and plan our activities around it. Kohn investigates a number of angles and suggests ways homework can be improved, if not removed. 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. Apr 18, Kristen rated it really liked it.

A discussion about whether homework might be useful and why can be valuable in its own right. Those had a greater impact on me and seemed to take in the bigger picture, like I genuinely believe the ideas in those books can change our world. 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” Apr 26, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Analysis of TIMMS data from comparing fifty countries found amount of homework assigned negatively correlated with student achievement; “more homework may actually undermine national achievement” Baker, David P and Gerald K. Many people can see how homework takes up so much of kids time, destroys their natural motivation to learn and affects their mental health.

I do, however, plan on asking a few questions at parent-teacher conference about the kinds of homework I’m seeing in Cameron’s backpack.

As far as I know, there isn’t a school in the area that doesn’t give homework and I don’t know that it’s super likely that that will change anytime soon. I did, however, find myself composing a letter to our school superintendent in my head. Homework is swallowing my family. Pointing to parents who have fought back–and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework–Kohn shows how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children’s love of learning.

Whether it was being done? Well, we did homework and turned out alright. I know as a teacher I though of homework as a given when planning, but mostly so I could fit in as much as possible. In my mind, that is a big endorsement for Kohn’s ideas on homework.


The Homework Myth:

Outstanding examination on how there is absolutely NO research that classic homework improves student learning. The stress and drudgery of homework may explain why it’s so ineffective. When teachers either eliminated homework or greatly reduced assigned homework, they noticed that their students became reinvigorated for learning.

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.

Refresh and try again. Anyhow, Brodie’s book led me to want to read about the research on homework. More homework is being piled on children despite the absence of its value.

Homewrok policies sacrifice thoughtful instruction in order to achieve predictability, and they manage to do hpmework disservice not only to students but, when imposed from above, to teachers as well.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Despite structural issues, it can be a very useful starting point for self-research. It’s worth a read if only to challenge some of our deepest assumptions about what homework truly means for education, and on a greater scale, what it means in this country to have a childhood.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Here are some resources that question the conventional assumptions about the subject in an effort to stimulate meaningful thinking and conversation. An interesting book that helps me to think about what I want to accomplish in my classroom.

Also as he proves, mtyh can be presented from a number of different angles, can totally ignore some aspects of the situation an I much preferred the other two books by Alfie Kohn that I’ve read – Unconditional Parenting and Punished by Rewards. We ought to ask of every assignment, Does it assume that children are meaning makers, or empty vessels? There’s a oohn of research ghe there suggesting that homewor After reading Love in the Time of Homeschooling by Laura Brodie, I wanted to read some books about homework.

We miss out on so much and potentially cause damage if we only focus on giving homework to kids and making them complete it instead of working with them, listening to them and learning with them – not necessarily learning the same things, just that learning is a life-long journey, sometimes we forget that parents and teachers are still learning too or at least we try to avoid letting children see that.


As a kid I never understood why after 6 to 8 hours trying to sit still and absorb a constant one-way stream of pre-dictated information I had to go home and do it all over again! Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. Reading this section gave me insight alffie how homework affects a wider range of families outside ymth my direct experience.

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

Alfie Kohn also not only backs up his own thoughts about homework but also disproves other “proponents for homework” by actually investigating their research and finding faults in them.

At first, Kohn’s arguments and research are basic, grounded, and logical. While reading The Homework Myth, I was tempted to buy copies for the superintendents of the school districts I plan to be in contact with in the future.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

One cannot help but conclude that one day in the future people will look back in marvel at the pain and suffering adults and society put children through in the name of “education” and himework.

Questions of punishments, rewards, the forcing of inquiry, and the idea of nonviolent communication are central to what homework attempts.

The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

On one hand, he does in his style provide a fair amount of literature citations, case study, and pedagogical rationale for his thesis. He claims counter studies are flawed becaue they’re pass fail option?

Apr 27, Sharon rated it really liked it. Da Capo Press,