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The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing Paperback – August 14, 2007
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People seem to think this book is about how homework is bad for you. It's not. The premise of the book is that homework isn't good for you, an important distinction. This isn't a book about homework. This is a book about the homework myth - why we believe it, why we want to believe it, why we can't ignore it, and why we are controlled by it. When the author quotes Chomsky, you know the subject has moved beyond the usefulness of worksheets.
This is a book essentially about faith. I may actually be doing a disservice to the book when I describe it that way, since I've made a polarizing connection with the material, but it's really what the book is about. When faced with the lack of evidence, why do we still choose to believe things? Like why does Harris Cooper, despite his own research either having nothing to say or even contradicting his opinion, still conclude that homework is good for you? He goes from point A to point C. This book is about that hidden point B.
The first part of the book is basically tearing down a bunch of preconceived notions about homework. Rather than saying homework is bad, he spends considerable effort convincing us that there is no evidence that homework is good. To some people, that's not enough, but his point is, I think, that it's plenty enough to at least open a serious discussion on the matter.Read more ›
Kohn suggests that a placebo like effect is seen in studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of homework and he has a valid point. He points out the flawed thinking of teachers and school districts believing that homework correlates to academic benefit. There's no clear cut evidence of this. He also looks at the detrimental effect that homework has on family life, social interaction and questions the nonacademic benefits of the homework "system".Read more ›
He brings up a valuable point that homework does not play upon any intrinsic desire to learn something but is just more forced learning that can even make students hate certain subjects or even learning in general. If only teachers knew how much making me read a bunch of stories I didn't want to read caused me to hate literature. If only teachers knew how much all the performance-based math homework and testing made me hate mathematics when I may have loved learning it with a focus on understanding the concepts involved and possibly considering how it could be applied to something practical. All I got was math homework and grading from math teachers
Although this book is good, I would recommend reading Kohn's What Does It Mean to be Well Educated first to get a good idea of his perspective on education in general. Kohn displays his brilliance and revolutionary thinking in 18 concise essays that should be seriously considered by students and teachers alike.
There are two things Kohn has not mentioned so far. First, sometimes students do homework at school. I don't mean during lunch or recess or other non-instructional times, but during classes so they don't have to do it at home.Read more ›
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This book gave me a lot of reflective insight about my own teaching. His comparisons of preparing kids for the real world and how adults actually operate in the real world and how... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I wish all my children's teachers would read this! It just makes sense. I went into it thinking already, "we want our children to be well-balanced, and yet we send them to... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Robinson
Great insight into changes that I need to make in my classroom.Published 14 months ago by Lisa Shrum
This book, like other books by Mr. Kohn, needs to be read and understood and then acted upon.Published 15 months ago by Rennyrij
An important book that every teacher should read. Especially if you believe in old-school, traditional, rote memory homework. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mark Barnes
This book takes into account the important question that not many put into consideration: why exactly do schools promote homework so strongly, even though there are constant... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Rachelle
This guy has his finger on the pulse... what will you do with the information?Published 24 months ago by Amazon Customer