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The homework myth : why our kids get too much of a bad thing

Author: Alfie Kohn
Publisher: [Cambridge, Mass.?] : Da Capo Lifelong ; [London] : [Perseus Running, distributor], 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Da Capo press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil -- or even demand a larger dose? Kohn's analysis reveals how a set of misconceptions about learning and a misguided focus on competitiveness has left our kids with less free time, and our families with more conflict. Pointing to stories of parents who have fought back -- and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework --  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfie Kohn
ISBN: 9780738211114 0738211117
OCLC Number: 159635641
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Description: vi, 250 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: "Missing out on their childhoods" --
Does homework improve learning? A fresh look at the evidence --
Does homework provide nonacademic benefits? --
"Studies show ... : --
or do they? --
The questions left unasked --
What we haven't learned about learning --
The "tougher standards" fad hits home --
Better get used to it --
Idle hands --
Rethinking homework --
Making change.
Responsibility: Alfie Kohn.

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Educator and parenting expert Kohn systematically examines the usual defenses of homework--that it reinforces learning and teaches study skills and responsibility--and shows why none of these  Read more...

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"Alfie Kohn holds a crucial position in the American dialog about parenting." -- Michael Gurian "The most energetic and charismatic figure standing in the way of [making] standardized curriculums and Read more...

 
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