“Parents of America, unite! You have nothing to lose but your frustration. The Case Against Homework
is an important book that takes on the 500-pound gorilla—homework overload—long ignored by educational policy makers. Every parent of a school-age child should buy it and follow the authors’ excellent advice in order to protect their children from an educational system gone haywire.” —Dan Kindlon, Ph.D., author of Raising Cain
, Too Much of a Good Thing
, and Alpha Girls
“Most parents have experienced the negative effects of homework on family harmony, family time, and play time, but they accept it as a necessary evil. Bennett and Kalish reveal that the homework emperor has no clothes; there is no good evidence to support piling on homework, especially in the younger grades. They follow through with practical advice for managing homework meltdowns, negotiating with teachers, and advocating for policy changes.” —Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., author of Playful Parenting
“Very helpful, with practical advice on approaching teachers and working to change district standards. . . . Will appeal to parents who have watched tedious book reports squelch their kids’ love of reading or endured homework devouring family time, hobbies and exploration.”–Seattle Times
“Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish have written a battlefield manual for parents.”–Washington Post Book World
“Provocative. . . . [S]ome of the homework assigned children does not make sense. Bennett and Kalish provide good advice on what parents should do.”–Washington Post
"A wonderful book that is not just about homework but about the sadness and futility of turning children into drudges who learn–if one can call it learning–without passion, without love, and without gaining independence. Every educator, every politician, and every parent should read this book and take it to heart."
–Mary Leonhardt, author of 99 Ways to Help Your Kids Love Reading
"The Case Against Homework
sends a critical message about how to improve the health and well-being of our children by cutting back on busy work and focusing on meaningful assignments, a good night's sleep, and the value of free, unfettered play time."
–Denise Pope, author of Doing School,
Stanford School of Education lecturer, and founder of SOS: Stressed Out Students
"Bravo to Bennett and Kalish for having the courage to say what many of us know to be true! This book serves as an indispensable tool for parents who want to get serious about changing homework practices in their schools."
–Etta Kralovec, associate professor of teacher education, University of Arizona South, and coauthor of The End of Homework
“This very important book makes a powerful case that excessive homework is hurting family life and children's full development. What's more, the book does something that is very rare: It gives parents solid practical advice on how they can deal with teachers and schools to produce significant change. The authors care deeply about children and have a special understanding of what childhood is all about.”
–William Crain, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the City College of New York and author of Reclaiming Childhood From the Hardcover edition.
Sara Bennett is a criminal defense appeals attorney and was the first director of the Wrongful Convictions Project of New York City’s Legal Aid Society. She is an expert in the post-conviction representation of battered women and the wrongly convicted, and lectures widely. Sara and her cases have been featured in the New York Times
and on 60 Minutes II
, Dateline NBC
, and the Today
show. She successfully challenged and changed homework policies at her children’s schools. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Nancy Kalish is a former senior editor at Child
and columnist for Redbook
, Working Mother
, and Selecciones
. She writes often for Parenting
, Real Simple
, Reader’s Digest
, More, Ladies’ Home Journal
, and other magazines. While writing this book, Nancy put several of the strategies to work for her own daughter, always with positive results. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.From the Hardcover edition.