I got one of those blanket emails today with a pitch for a new book. I don't normally pay much attention to them and would rarely pass one along to you.
That said, this is for a new Alfie Kohn book called the Homework Myth, and I love all of his other books. They are shocking - but shouldn't be - and well researched - although they shouldn't have to be because much of what he writes we know to be true in our hearts.
If you are a parent or know one or are any type of educator - kids or adult - get this book.
Here is the content from the email:
The Homework Myth, by Alfie Kohn
School begins next week for my 10- year old son, Ben, and he’s looking forward to seeing his friends again. What he is not looking forward to is spending nights at our kitchen table doing homework. And, frankly, my wife and I are dreading that, too, what with the inevitable arguments that will ensue.
We’ve run out of answers to Ben’s increasingly frequent questioning of why he has to do so much homework in the first place. And it’s beginning to occur to us that we should be joining Ben in challenging the assumptions that lie behind what he’s been assigned.
That’s why Alfie Kohn’s new book, The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing , has been such a revelation to me. It’s a truly compelling exposé that explores homework’s negative effects, the remarkable lack of evidence that it provides any benefits, the reasons it’s so widely accepted anyway, and what all of us -- parents, educators, and students -- can do about all this. It’s a book that will greatly improve any schools (or families!) that take Kohn’s argument to heart. And I don’t say that just because of my role in publishing the book.
To find out more about The Homework Myth (and to hear an interview with Alfie), just click here; I hope you’ll end up deciding to read this remarkable book, to tell others about it, and maybe even to be part of a national movement to question current homework policies.
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