My advice: read that chapter; the rest is unnecessary.I should begin by saying that I recently heard Alfie Kohn speak and was a big fan of what he had to say about education and parenting.
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?
Amid the vituperative scorn poured upon the ignorant oafs that sire delightful children who are eager to learn about iambic pentameter, we find some nuggets of sensible advice.
This seems to be a good 20-page article (the chapter on Rethinking Homework) surrounded by relentless attacks.
To this end, we are sharing with you a collection of some very good titles on the subject.
Because we have grown up doing homework and assigning homework to our students, we thought it would be illuminating to learn about the darker side of homework and the perennial myths surrounding it.
Kohn blames the No Child Left Behind Act,which has forced many schools to become little more than test-preparation centers.
Most of what Kohn says about this subject makes sense, though he might have said it less repetitively.
Pointing to stories of parents who have fought back-and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework-Kohn demonstrates how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children’s love of learning.” 3- The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Children and What Parents Can Do About It, by Sara Bennett (Author), Nancy Kalish (Author) “The truth, according to Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, is that there is almost no evidence that homework helps elementary school students achieve academic success and little evidence that it helps older students.
Yet the nightly burden is taking a serious toll on America’s families.