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  • Paperback: 113 pages
  • Publisher: Wyndmoor Press (February 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061557680X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615576800
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #968,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kenneth Goldberg is a clinical psychologist with more than thirty years of professional experience in dealing with many different psychological issues, in both in-patient and out-patient settings. Through his career, he has served children, adolescents, and adults, offering individual and group psychotherapy, as well as marriage and family counseling. Prior to starting his private practice, Dr. Goldberg served as clinical director for a children's residential treatment facility, as director of a psychiatric day-treatment program for the chronically mentally ill, and as the head of a rural mental-health center. He has been a frequent speaker and consultant on programs designed to serve psychiatric populations. His first book, Differing Approaches for Partial Hospitalization, was an edited volume comparing treatment modalities in community-based programs for people who are chronically mentally ill. A member of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Goldberg currently conducts psychological evaluations for disabled workers and for those accused by the state of harming their children. Dr. Goldberg’s interest in persistent homework problems was stimulated not just by his personal experience and his work with children, but through studies conducted with disabled adults. Unlike those who work primarily with children, Dr. Goldberg understands the long-term effects that chronic homework problems have on people later in life, as adults and in their roles as parents. Prior to becoming a psychologist, Dr. Goldberg was a mathematician. He attended Columbia University on a National Science Foundation Scholarship and as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow. He left Columbia with a master’s degree in math and went on to Long Island University, where he earned a PhD in clinical psychology. Dr. Goldberg brings his mathematical way of thinking to his clinical work, enabling him to see patterns of behavior in unique ways. Dr. Goldberg has dabbled with literary fiction and is the author of Peter Squared.. Dr. Goldberg’s next project, after completing his work on The Homework Trap, will be to publish Peter Cubed, the sequel to his first novel. Dr. Goldberg is the proud father of three adult children (all of whom have had different homework experiences) and is married to Maryka Matthews, a retired psychiatric social worker. In his free time, Dr. Goldberg enjoys tennis, chess and Scrabble™ (and although he does not feel trapped, he often does work at home). www.thehomeworkdoctor.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JB on September 20, 2012
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I was disappointed in that this book gave advice & suggestions that we found impractical -- since there is no way teachers in regular schools (here in Asia) are going to institute radical changes to their homework policies without some kind of government intervention.
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By Pigglies on January 14, 2014
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When I was a student, I was always the good student who did all the homework. Yes, homework frequently lasted forever (I was often awake until 0100 in middle school and high school), but I did it. My brother however, wouldn't do it, or if he did it, he wouldn't turn it in. I remember him being yelled at while I was still working, because he would sit and stare at the homework. Yet he scored very well on tests and ultimately ended up being able to learn some very complex stuff in college (computer programming). So this book provided some interesting insight for me. Even as someone who was not technically homework trapped, I would have certainly appreciated it if schools gave out less homework as well back when I was a student. It's bad when college actually seemed like a break!
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As the parent of a kid with ADHD, homework has been a constant struggle. I was a diligent, motivated student -- completely mystified by my son's behavior and tired of having my parenting effectiveness called into question by teachers. I incorporated some of Goldberg's advice after hearing an interview of him on NPR. After seeing positive results, I purchased the book so that I could dig deeper. Nothing is a magic wand, but this was extremely helpful and remains one of the books that I return to for "tune ups."
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By GC on September 30, 2012
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Sharp, realistic and helpful. I read this book in less than 2 days and see that schools and parents should invest the advice given just as they would anything expected to have positive results.
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This book gives parents a new way to consider homework and how you can work with a child that is just completely stuck in the process of completing homework. The ideas are easy to implement and the author does a great job at at walking the reader step-by-step through the process. If you have children that are working on homework nightly then you probably have gotten to the frustration point or you soon will (especially as your children get older) and this book is a great resource and guide for all parents and their children!
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