Books by Alfie Kohn. As a parent and an educator, I’ve never been a fan of homework. How much time students should be spending on HW? When do we fit in other equally-as-important learning activities like music lessons, creative play, chores and family time? Mar 02, Amie rated it really liked it. Since when I was teaching, I didn’t have a family per se, I didn’t understand this.

I wasn’t sure whether to give this book 3 stars or 5. Every time education is described as an ‘investment’ or schools are mentioned in terms of the ‘global economy’ alarm bells should go off” Apr 26, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, he fails to look at the same issues in the researc I must admit, first off, that I read this for a professional development class — not “just for fun”. This is a MUST read for all parents and teachers.

Some people’s argument in this modern age is that if kids are not given homework or made to do something adults deem worthwhile, hard work, grind, setting up their future etc. We ought to ask of every assignment, Does it assume that children are meaning makers, or empty vessels? This seems to be a good page article the chapter on Rethinking Homework surrounded by relentless attacks. And, ultimately, take that conversation to the principal and the district level. Is it about wrestling with ideas or following directions?

But it is hard to slog through Alfie Kohn’s waterfall of statistics and pronouncements, and his conflation of “studies prove However, I think the book suffers from poor organization and I think he tries to keep his main pedagogical push separate from that of his other works or takes his other works as an implied background that gets little additional discussion here.

There’s a lot to think about it here and I’m not done doing my “homework” on homework. Kohn cites plenty of research to back up his thesis. Jan 03, Missy rated it really liked it. HW keeps them engaged.


Rethinking Homework

If you’re reading this review and thinking, “No homework? While I didn’t agree with all of his interpretations and recommendations, I found a lot of what he said convincing.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006

Finally, standardized testing is based on the premise that all children at a particular grade level must become academically proficient at the same things at the same time.

Amid the vituperative scorn poured upon lohn ignorant oafs that sire delightful children who are eager to learn about iambic pentameter, we find some nuggets of sensible advice.

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

As a kid I never understood why after 6 to 8 hours trying to sit still and absorb a constant one-way stream of pre-dictated information I had to go home and do it all over again! Why do we wonder why students are not interested in learning and school is because we crushed that feeling of awe with loads of homework, standardized testing, and the continual degrading of their trust and nature of wanting to learn.

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. In my mind, that is a big endorsement for Kohn’s ideas on homework.

While it’s good to know I’m not alone or crazyit’s frustrating not knowing what to do about it. The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups hoemwork corporations.


Whether it was helping? But, my feelings as a teacher will most likely not affect my child’s experiences throughout her eduction.

May 24, Sarah rated it did not like it Shelves: I was left at the end of this section mjth powerless. This book along with a few others on the subject need to be read by parents and teachers. At first, Kohn’s arguments and research are basic, grounded, and logical. It was great to read a book that echoes what I’ve learned first-hand as a teacher!

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

Lists with This Book. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores. But I still think that it’s a must read for all teachers and parents! Kids should be kids, yes, but homework is part of ensuring that learning continues after the classroom door closes; furthermore, in some cases, it can actually keep kids as kids, giving them a sense of pride and responsibility in their work instead of wasted hours in front of the XBox or worse behaviors!

But what if they don’t? Love the points in this book! I don’t give much homework, but that is because I don’t believe in busy work; however, I should have given more independent practice this past year, and that’s something I intend to rectify next year.

the homework myth alfie kohn 2006