Kohn is so passionate and well researched that he can rant at times Alfie Kohn has a lot to say. 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. After reviewing just about all the available scientific studies on homework over the last 40 years and examining the underlining presumptions of the need for homework Kohn makes it abundantly clear 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! For anyone willing to shake things up in order to do what makes sense, beginning a conversation about homework is a very good place to start. The less one knows about how real classrooms function, and about how to figure out which students are having trouble, the more likely one will be to regard test scores as important. Suggest that teachers assign only what they design. Mar 14, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves:
Jun 26, Josh rated it really liked it. On those days when homework really seems necessary, teachers should create several assignments fitted to different interests and capabilities. I was left at the end of this section feeling powerless. Review of Educational Research 75 Dec 29, Amy rated it it was amazing Shelves: However I feel the need to disclose I didn’t actually completely finish the book.
There’s a lot of research out there suggesting that homework is neither useful or helpful especially in the primary grades.
When students are treated with respect, when the assignments are worth doing, most kids relish a challenge. Although I usually enjoy Mr.
IdeasLongGiving. After reviewing just about all the available scientific studies on homework over the last 40 years and examining the underlining presumptions of the need for homework Kohn makes it abundantly clear 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! Chapter 1 “In fact, every unpleasant adjective that could be attached kohb homework-time-consuming, disruptive, stressful,demoralizing-applies with greater force in the case of kids for whom academic learning doesn’t come quotrs.
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Surely anyone who believes that homework is beneficial should be willing to test that assumption by investigating the consequences of its absence. Apr 26, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Educational Reform and the Contradictions of Economic Life. Educational success should be measured by how strong your desire is to keep learning.
Kohn is so passionate and well researched that he can rant at times, and between reading that AND all of his incredibly thorough citations, it got to be too much.
After reviewing just about all the available scientific studies on homework over the last 40 years and examining the underlining presumptions of the need for homework Kohn makes it abundantly clear that there is very limited benefit and tremendous drawbacks to the “institution” of homework.
Lots of food for thought about homework. And I certainly notice a large correlation between students who come from backgrounds with extensive homework policies and those who do not. Here are some resources that question the conventional assumptions about the subject in an effort to stimulate meaningful thinking and conversation.
If unconditional love and genuine enthusiasm are present, praise isn’t necessary.
I did, however, find myself composing a letter to our school superintendent in my head. 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.
Literacy expert Frank Smith: Kids should be kids, yes, but homework is part of ensuring that learning continues after the classroom door closes; furthermore, in some mtyh, it can actually keep kids as kids, giving them Alfie Kohn should look up rhetorical appeals before he writes another book– namely, he should have more recent evidence, as well as case studies from fictitious families.
One does wonder how one is to grade without homework however.
Chapter 6, page “If slogging through worksheets dampens their desire to read or think, surely that wouldn’t be worth an incremental improvement in skills. The best learning is not practicing rote skills, but learning in context and for meaning, teachers “lettings tudents, individually or in pairs, find ways to solve problems, encouraging them to try various techniques, giving them ample time before calling them back togehter for a discussion so they can explain what they did, challenge each others’ answers, ask questions, reconsider their own approaches, and figure out what works “learning depends to a large degree on the interaction among children; it doesn’t lend itself to solitary efforts a the kitchen table” I found myself actually thinking I would ask teachers how much homework counts towards final grades to determine if the percentage was worth us just not doing it in our home if we didn’t feel it was necessary.
But it is hard to slog through Alfie Kohn’s waterfall of statistics and pronouncements, and his conflation of “studies prove It was great to read a book that echoes what I’ve learned first-hand as a teacher!
His inclusion of some weaker arguments in the text also do not do justice to the subject. I am sure I will pick it back up at some point though because the one part I didn’t read is his solutions to the problem and ideas for the future of education, which is probably more optimistic than the rest of the book!
Letendre, National Differences, Global Similarities: ChildrenOrderFeet. ImportantMayOutcomes. And hopefully, teachers, too.
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There is a difference between what teachers want to teach and what alffie actually learn. I think this should be required reading for teachers and administrators–and I recommend it for parents, too.