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The Homework Myth

The Homework Myth



A summary of Alfie Kohn's book "The Homework Myth" with some reflections and questions about its practicality. In general this power point summarizes the books. It is a highly recommended book.

A summary of Alfie Kohn's book "The Homework Myth" with some reflections and questions about its practicality. In general this power point summarizes the books. It is a highly recommended book.



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    The Homework Myth The Homework Myth Presentation Transcript

    • “ The Homework Myth” by Alfie Kohn A Review that summarizes and offers commentary
    • Context and Background
      • Author is Alfie Kohn
      • Popular Author and Lecturer
      • Post on my website last May
      • Highly Recommended
    • Chapter 1: Missing out on their Childhoods
      • Points out the relative newness of homework
      • Now commonly accepted
      • Creates problems in the home
      • Lack of time for children to be children.
      • Flickr picture from: http://flickr.com/photos/kellymason/2476877041/sizes/s/
    • Missing Childhood
      •   burden on parents 
      •   stress for children  
      • family conflict  
      • less time for other activities  
      •   less interest in learning 
    • Chapter 2: Does homework improve learning?
      •  1.  At best only an association not a causal relationship 
      •  2.  Do we really know how much homework kids do?  -  depends who you ask and on the individual student    
      • 3.  Homework Studies confuse grades and test scores with learning    
      • 4.  homework matters less the longer you look
    • Improving learning?
      •  5.  positive effects are quite small
      •  6.  In elementary school no benefit 
      •  7.  national and international exams cast further doubt 
      •  8.  incidental research raises further doubts
    • Chp 3: Other benefits of homework
      • Does it teach work ethic and build character?
      • Responsibility?
      • Do we want what it could teach?
      • Picture from: http://flickr.com/photos/21135206@N05/2099577862/
    • Chapter 4: Studies show…or do they?
      • Studies that show support are often misquoted.
      • Don’t always take their word for it.
      • Sloppy writing perpetuates the myth of homework.
      • An example pg. 77 – re: Marzano
    • Chapter 5: The Questions left unasked.
      • We are stuck more on the how to do the homework question than to the question of why.
      • Due to focus on competition and grades etc.
    • Chapter 6:What We Haven’t Learned about learning.
      • Fascination with time on task or ToT
      • Idea that more homework = more time.
      • Interesting debate here with the work of Malcolm Galdwell in “Outliers”
      • Push for Quality of Instruction
      • An example from my experience
    • Chapter 7: The Tougher Standards Crowd hits Home
      • 1983 Nation at Risk
      • Presumption that Rigor = Excellence
      • Achievement Gap can be caused by homework perhaps.
        • Class and homework strategies
    • Economy and Work
      • Concern from employers
      • Why do we then send jobs over seas?
      • Do Foreign companies in America look for the highest quality of work.
      • Business and education in general – What is the point of an education.
    • Chapter 8: Better Get Used to It
      • Better get used to it = BGUTI
      • As an excuse doesn’t really hold up but we allow it to.
      • Photo from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kriegs/419249763/
    • Chapter 9: Idle Hands
      • Idle Hands the Devil’s playground
      • Great quote from Hesiod pg 152
      • Ageism continues
      • Generation We?
      • Photo from Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rachelsian/299025575/sizes/l/
    • Chapter 10: Rethinking Homework
      • Changing the Default
      • Quantity
      • Quality
      • Choice
    • Chapter 11: Make the Change
      • Have courage and give it a try
      • Or just try for a unit and see if homework makes any difference.
      • If in high school how about do one section without homework?