• The Homework Myth

  • Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
  • By: Alfie Kohn
  • Narrated by: Alfie Kohn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (39 ratings)

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By: Alfie Kohn
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Death and taxes come later; what seems inevitable for children is the idea that, after spending the day at school, they must then complete more academic assignments at home. The predictable results: Stress and conflict, frustration and exhaustion. Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. But what if they don't? 

In The Homework Myth, nationally known educator and parenting expert Alfie Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework - that it promotes higher achievement, "reinforces" learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience. So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil - or even demand a larger dose? 

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 with more conflict. Pointing to parents who have fought back - and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework - Kohn shows how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children's love of learning.

©2006 Alfie Kohn (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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Must read for parent and teacher! We should disccus about this subjects with our schools and see what can be done. Great book, very interesting points are made. I have laughed (in a bad way), I have cried and it made me angry at some points. We should do more for our kids, and we should stop treating them like if they don't know anything at all!

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Intriguing argument

Author/reader still comes off as pretentious as he does in his other books, but you can't fault his logic and dedication to thorough research. Many of what he shares mirrors my experience as a 90s kid. I hated hw and still do. It deprived me of opportunities to learn how to "study" and teach myself, which gave me a disadvantage when I went to college and the professors didn't teach and tests were the entire grade.

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  • 11-12-22

Not enough evidence

The author moans a little too much about homework and doesn't present enough evidence of its pitfalls. Although I agree with much of the author's thinking, I disagree with the idea presented in this book that we should ditch homework because it widens the attainment gap between children from advantaged and disadvantaged backgrounds. The EEF has something useful in its website if you are looking for evidence to reference.

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  • Mr. W. Sanderson
  • 12-15-21

get more Kohn books on audible as expensive to

get more Kohn books on audible as expensive to import. particulat want to read the one about competition thanks 👍🏽👍🏽