THE HOMEWORK MYTH ALFIE KOHN SUMMARY
P41 In , 2 researchers looked at global test scores on the TIMSS science study based upon test results from students in 50 countries. None of it shows the slightest connection between homework and independent thinking. They have much to say about the messages homework gives. Not only did we find to find any positive relationship, but the overall correlations between national average student achievement and the national average in the frequency, total amount, and percentage of teachers who used homework in grading are all NEGATIVE! Publisher’s Summary [“A compelling expose of homework – its negative effects, why it’s so widely accepted, and what we can do about it. Deep in our gut, I think we all knew from our childhood experiences, that homework was a total crock.
He suggests that there is almost no evidence that homework provides benefits for young children and raises serious questions about the advantages it brings to older students. Newer Post Older Post Home. Few topics generate more conversation at the school gate than homework but there is little discussion amongst educationalists or teachers during their training or in practice. In the early s doctors headed a movement to abolish homework of all kinds, saying that children needed at least 5 hours of fresh air every day. Because, in the end, what Kohn wants parents and teachers to do, if nothing else, is think about this homework issue.
This article reviews two books; The Myth of Homework: Few topics generate more conversation at the school gate than homework but there is little discussion amongst educationalists or teachers during their training or in practice. P33 Standardized tests are a poor measure of intellectual proficiency.
Yet these issues demand consideration by all who care about young people. The 60s and 70s saw a move towards more free time but in the search to apportion blame for the weak economy of the s, education was konh scapegoat and the call for more homework was loud and clear.
And then talk about it among themselves. Older Students Grades These parents of these children became more controlling, and worse, when those same children were left alone to tackle a similar problem, they ended not doing kihn well. P49 When children start school, they may still be excited by the idea of homework, but it takes a remarkably short time before many are disillusioned.
More in the same category: Publisher’s Summary [“A compelling expose of homework – its negative effects, why it’s so widely accepted, and what we can do about it. None of these assumptions, he shows, actually passes the test of research, logic, or experience. Has anything changed in all these centuries? They are however excellent indicators of 2 things. Kohn has never been better at challenging the status quo and declaring that the emperor has no clothes. Or that a complete absence of homework would have any detrimental effect at all.
Much homework requires parental support and help, thus extending the working day for parents to unendurable lengths and resulting in friction, conflict and tears. For younger students Grades Here are their findings: It helps to consolidate schoolwork, it teaches independence and responsibility and good work habits, it raises attainment, or so the argument goes. Shakespeare and the nature of adolescence: Find it at other libraries via WorldCat Limited preview.
One day I will be gone, and this will be the library I leave behind for them. So why do we continue to administer this modern-day homeowrk liver oil – or even demand a larger dose? Homework needs help from parents, since in the early years it cannot be done without this support.
Do all those assignments really impress upon kids the importance of responsibility, achievement, and hard work?
The Homework Myth – (Book) – Alfie Kohn
The students rarely choose the task or the time or the method. When I was young, we were taught to be discreet and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly disrespectful and impatient of restraint.
But parents see lots of homework as part of the race to be the best and schools claim that it gives parents an insight into the school curriculum and objectives for their children.
Battling for the Soul of Education.
Kohn argues that homework is a burden to children, and, not surprisingly, their parents. Whilst they’re free of many of the worries of adulthood, one of the inevitable downsides faced by kids is the idea that after spending the day at school, they must complete more homeork assignments once they’re home.
The findings and recommendations of 3 decades of synthesis.
Review: The Myth of Homework and The Case Against Homework
Above all homework is readily accepted because of fundamental misconceptions about the nature of learning. Browse related items Start at uomework number: Good synopsis and reflection on an intriguing book. Alfie Kohn demonstrates how these assumptions are not based upon the results of research, commonsense or the experience of parents or teachers and he urges a reconsideration of long held and unquestioned beliefs.