Also, Kohn’s writing is very well organized. RESOURCES We are awash in articles and books that claim homework is beneficial — or simply take the existence or value of homework for granted and merely offer suggestions for how it ought to be assigned, or what techniques parents should use to make children complete it. Too many eighth graders spend their evenings inching their way through dull, overstuffed, committee-written textbooks, one chapter at a time. Kids are living their real lives every moment of everyday and 2 why should kids be productive every second of their lives?? And from that chapter onward, I struggled to listen seriously to Kohn’s claims because he clearly refused to enter the conversation about homework and instead just screamed his opinions at the reader. Permission must be obtained in order to reprint this article in a published work or in order to offer it for sale in any form.

Homework reviews important skills. But, his writing is repetitive. None of it shows the slightest connection between homework and independent thinking. Why can’t that be done at school? If you’re particularly interested in homework itself read this one, I don’t remember the other two books going into depth about that. I still haven’t quite figured out what to do about homework, but this book helped me think more deeply about it. Books by Alfie Kohn.

Kohn’s incisive analysis reveals how a mistrust of children, a set of misconceptions about learning, and a misguided focus on competitiveness have all left our kids with less free time and our families homewori more conflict. But what if they don’t?

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

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. It is a well-researched volume with more than references. myyth

Maybe I’ll actually pen it and send it one of these days. Nov 04, William Lawrence rated it did not like it. And I certainly notice a large This homewotk postulates that there is little or no correlation between homework and “learning”.


Successful people in the real work world often take work home with them; ask all the biggest CEOs, manaagers, principals, lawyers, etc. Anyhow, Brodie’s book led me to want to read about the research on homework.

Perhaps the assertion that homework is ‘practice for life’ is a partial truth: If you understand how to do the algie, you don’t need to do a lot of practice. Reading the book left me angry with how seemingly no child is left behind from the clutches of the “homework machine” Rather, the point of departure seems to be: ERIC document June Whether it was helping?

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Kohn then proceeds to suggest throughout the book that maybe a no-homework policy is best as homework can be assigned only if the teacher thinks it would suit a specific need of a student, or if it is an enriching and organic activity, like helping parents to cook, care for plants, leisure reading, etc.

I thought it made its point way better than The Case Against Homework. Homework is swallowing my family. Sep 22, Jerrod Griebel rated it it was ok. Do students find that homework really is useful? 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.

Rethinking Homework

Even if screen time is purely entertainment that doesn’t justify homework. It teaches you how to do work for when you are in high school or college.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

What 20006 true of education in general is true of homework in particular. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

Schools that have tried confirm that this happens. This book shines a light on the many negatives associated kogn HW including widening the already too wide achievement gap and the irrational ways we justify it preparing them for 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.


Thee to spend long periods of time myty repetitive efforts to learn specific things is a sign that learning is not taking place, that we are not in a productive learning situation” Middle class parents would help students break problems down into smaller parts and pose questions; lower class would provide direction.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Myt see Bowles and Gintes for a broader argument that schools are designed to prepare people for a life of essential passivity — socializing children to obey authority, expect to be controlled with rewards and punishments for persevering at tasks they are compelled to complete, because that is what our economic system requires.

While it’s good to know I’m not alone or crazyit’s frustrating not knowing what to do about it.

The Homework Myth:

That’s why one of the main challenges for a teacher is to help spark and sustain children’s intrinsic motivation to play with words and numbers and alfei. It drives me nuts when my kids bring home busywork or work that they CAN’T do and then I have to spend my evening freetime instead of enjoying my kids, dealing with their homework frustrations.

It is indefensible where n equals 1 or 2.

His inclusion of some weaker arguments in the text also do homesork do justice to the subject. I give a lot less homework than I used to and focus on meaningful homework.