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
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
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Da Capo Press