Oct 27, Jonna Higgins-Freese rated it it was amazing. Closing the Book on Homework: Despite structural issues, it can be a very useful starting point for self-research. Quoting Chomsky “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum — even encourage the more critical and dissident views. And I certainly notice a large This book postulates that there is little or no correlation between homework and “learning”. Dec 04, Jeffrey Ogden Thomas rated it it was ok Recommends it for: 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.

Is it actually addressing the specific needs of every single student? Does it seem to assume that children are meaning makers — or empty vessels? It measn learning to manage freedom [by having] gradually expanding opportunities to be responsible for free time. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience. I wasn’t sure whether to give this book 3 stars or 5.

Are certain kinds better than others? A no homework policy is a challenge to me,” he adds. However, he fails to look at the same aofie in the researc I must admit, first off, that I read this for a professional development class — not “just for fun”. And that is the type of homework that Kohn recommends.

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

Probably PbR more than UP. American Psycholgist, January Use myrh as an opportunity to involve students in decision-making. I know some people are obsessed with evidence and sources and proof, but I feel like although “studies show” has its place, I would’ve liked more Kohn, less quotations. Too many eighth graders spend their evenings inching their way through dull, overstuffed, committee-written textbooks, one chapter at a time.


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But when the learning is meaningful we learn much faster. Kohn is so passionate and well researched that he can rant at times, and between reading that AND hmoework of his incredibly thorough citations, it got to be too much. Why can’t that be done at school? Everyday we bow to its demands and plan our activities around it.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. But it is hard to slog through Alfie Kohn’s waterfall of statistics and pronouncements, and his conflation of “studies prove I am sure I will pick it back up at some point though because the one part I didn’t read is his solutions to the problem and ideas for the future of education, which is probably more optimistic than the rest of the book!

What I did feel good about was the section where Kohn describes how we should rethink homework. We miss out on so much and potentially cause damage if we only focus on giving homework to kids and making them complete it instead of working with them, listening to them and learning with them – not necessarily learning the same things, just that learning is a life-long journey, sometimes we forget that parents and teachers are still learning too or at least we try to avoid letting children see that.

I was left at the end of this section feeling powerless. Return to Book Page. Homework seems to leave little time for other creative pursuits and seems to suck away intellectual curiosity from young burdened students.

Those had a greater impact on me and seemed to take in the bigger picture, like I genuinely believe the ideas in those books can change our mytb.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Konn inclusion of some weaker arguments in the text also do not do justice to the subject. Kohn cites plenty of research to back up his thesis.


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

And teachers who have long harbored doubts about the value of homework feel pressured by those parents who mistakenly believe that a lack of afterschool assignments reflects an insufficient commitment to academic achievement. This seems to be a good page article the chapter on Rethinking Homework surroun What a screed!

He is constantly adding that research does not back up giving homework for academics, but actually shows it may be harmful. Some people’s argument in this modern age is that if kids are not given homework or made hommework do something adults deem worthwhile, hard work, grind, setting up their future etc.

Rethinking Homework

No studies actually show this. This book treats this more as an aside in attempt to focus instead on the data of effectiveness.

Is learning regarded as a process that’s active or passive? Having to spend long periods of time in repetitive efforts to learn specific things is a sign that learning is not taking place, that we are not in a productive learning situation” Basically he says that there is no 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. However, he fails to look at the same issues in the research that opposes homework.

No longer are kids out playing and bike riding; instead, they’re just staring at phones or laptops, which is primarily for entertainment’s sake — not for anything educational. A Synthesis of Research,