Many parents lament the impact of homework on their relationship with their children. For more information, please see www. Alfiekohn. . Lfie kohn writes about what a new homework study really says and what it doesnt say. He is the author of 12 books about education and. . . This is an excerpt from alfie kohns recently published book the homework myth why our kids get too much of a bad thing. For one. . Down with homework alfie kohn. Down with homework. If were making 12-year-olds, much less five-year-olds, do homework, its either because were. .
O research has ever found any link between homework and achievement in elementary school. Now it. Alfie kohn the homework myth. . Omework new research suggests it may be an unnecessary evil. By alfie kohn. A brand-new study on the academic effects of. . Alfie kohn (author). 3 out of 5 stars 66. This itemthe homework myth why our kids get too much of a bad thing by alfie kohn paperback 15. In stock. .
What does it say about my profession that we spend the day with other peoples children trying to make them into critical thinkers who are able to question the world around them and their place in it, and then send them home to do tasks that are mainly designed to be task to simply keep them busy or practise skills that theyve already been practising all day? When do we sit down and actually think, well what is the point of homework and why do we assign it? This book helps to answer that question, and it does so with solid research and with the childrens best interests in mind. And i certainly notice a large correlation between students who come from backgrounds with extensive homework policies and those who do not. Most of what homework is doing is driving kids away from learning. While reading the homework myth, i was tempted to buy copies for the superintendents of the school districts i plan to be in contact with in the future. Kohn is so passionate and well researched that he can rant at times alfie kohn has a lot to say.
Meanwhile, no study has ever substantiated the belief that homework builds character or teaches good study habits. That is, families who dont drink milk with mom and dad after school while embroidering pillows praising god and the government of yore. Parents respond by reassuring themselves that at least the benefits outweigh the costs. Right? Kohn finds it incredibly troubling that we assume kids are getting some sort of value out of doing homework but arent really interested in seeing whether or not the kids are getting that value and, if they arent, what to do about it. Did doing it make any difference? The maltese et al.
However i feel the need to disclose i didnt actually completely finish the book. Everyday we bow to its demands and plan our activities around it. His efforts to make research in human behavior accessible to a general audience have also been published in the caring kids the role of the schools (march 1991), choices for children why and how to let students decide (sept. In short, not just subject matter and students need to become full integrated to match the system nature and integration of our ever-globalizing world. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of tv and radio programs, including the today show and two appearances on oprah he has been , while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications. Like others in this field, they seem to have approached the topic already convinced that homework is necessary and potentially beneficial, so the only question we should ask is -- not whether -- to assign it. Kohns work, i prefer etta kralovek and john buells work on this subject. It turns out that more hours are least likely to produce better outcomes when understanding or creativity is involved. On the other hand, i think my sons homework is destructive. Too many fifth graders have to color in an endless list of factor pairs on graph paper.