As a teacher who never really understood the reason for homework but always felt like I had to do it because the rest of my school assigns it, I was glad to read this book because Kohn’s research comforted me in what I had always felt, that homework does more damage than good. He breaks the content into many chunks making it very easy to follow his ideas. 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. Well, homework teaches you responsibility. Mar 02, Amie rated it really liked it. Points out the ways that thinking about how much homework and what kind begs bigger questions about the nature and purpose of education. There may be a negative correlation between homework and “learning” because much homework decreases interest in a subject and interest is the number one predictor of success in a subject.
What philosophy of teaching, what theory of learning, lies behind each assignment? An interesting book that helps me to think about what I want to accomplish in my classroom. Kohn cites plenty of research to back up his thesis. After reading The Homework Myth, I find myself a bit depressed because I am convinced that homework doesn’t help the vast majority of kids and in fact hurts many — it damages intrinsic motivation, it puts stress on the parent-child relationship, it makes interesting subjects boring I’m talking to you, worksheets! Dec 04, Jeffrey Ogden Thomas rated it it was ok Recommends it for: I don’t remember many of these exchanges being tense, but they were time consuming.
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
Whatever decisions are made should be based on fact rather than folk wisdom. The best teachers know that children learn how to make good decisions by making decisions, not by following directions. Also as he proves, studies can be presented from a number of different angles, can homewrok ignore some aspects of the situation an I much preferred the other two homewori by Alfie Kohn that I’ve read – Unconditional Parenting and Punished by Rewards.
The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Th, his writing is repetitive.
There may be a negative correlation between homework and “learning” because much homework decreases interest in a subject and interest is the number one predictor of success in a subject. And then talk about it among themselves. As a teacher, I’m not a fan mainly because I’m a parent. And hopefully, teachers, too. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.
More homework is being piled on children despite the absence of its value. Basically he says that there is homewofk research that shows that homework has any benefit–especially at the primary level where it often is a detriment rather than a benefit to learning.
The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing by Alfie Kohn
But it is hard to slog through Alfie Kohn’s waterfall of statistics and pronouncements, and his conflation of “studies prove A discussion about whether homework might be useful and why can be valuable in its own right.
This style furthers the feeling of thoroughness. Quotes from The Homework Myth That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time the presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.
This is a good book for any parent, student, administrator or teacher as it provides a different point of view that questions why we do things even when all evidence points to the contrary. The results are nothing short of stunning.
There are some great examples in this book of projects that can continue once home after the school day. Good views that can as well apply on business delegation and thinking of meaningful Projects, assignments or daily tasks.
I don’t have children of my own yet, but almost any mom or dad I talk to with kids in elementary school will tell me that the homework their child comes home with is more work for the parent than the kid, and not fun for anyone.
Is all that practice really necessary when there isn’t a large correlation between homework allfie high school student achievement either? The negative effects of homework are well known.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Some seem to lack the basic skills necessary rhe survive in a prep school environment. On those days when homework really seems necessary, teachers should create several assignments fitted to different interests and capabilities.
Rethinking Homework – Alfie Kohn
Well, homework teaches you responsibility. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.
I think the main take away is to trust children more. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. That is, families who don’t drink milk with mom and dad after school while embroidering lohn praising God and the government of yore.
He cites many sources, as well as providing a list of those sources and about 40 pages of notes at the end of the text about the cited research. Temple University Press, Because, in the end, what Kohn wants parents and teachers to do, if nothing else, is think about this homework issue. Here is a compilation of my discussions: