The Homework Myth

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-08-13
  • Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong

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We're all familiar with the downside of homework: frustration, exhaustion, and nagging. But most of us assume that it's all worth it because homework promotes higher achievement, "reinforces" learning, and teaches study skills and responsibility. Unfortunately, none of these assumptions actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience.

Author Biography

Alfie Kohn is the author of ten previous books, including Punished by Rewards, The Schools Our Children Deserve, and Unconditional Parenting. He lives with his family in the Boston area.

Table of Contents

The Truth About Homework
"Missing Out on Their Childhoods"p. 3
Does Homework Improve Learning? A Fresh Look at the Evidencep. 25
Does Homework Provide Nonacademic Benefits?p. 49
Six Reasons Homework Persists (Despite What the Data Say)
"Studies Show ..."-Or Do They?p. 71
The Questions Left Unaskedp. 87
What We Haven't Learned About Learningp. 101
The "Tougher Standards" Fad Hits Homep. 119
Better Get Used to Itp. 141
Idle Hands...p. 151
Restoring Sanity
Rethinking Homeworkp. 163
Making Changep. 183
Notesp. 199
Referencesp. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 243
Indexp. 245
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