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040: Homework: Too Much of a Bad Thing?

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Tips for finishing homework are common but few ask if we should even be assigning it in the first place. Kids are not vending machines to put homework in and get learning out. Renowned author and educator Alfie Kohn offers research and advice to escape the drill & skill approach. Reducing or eliminating homework can support education while creating less stress and more joy in learning for everyone.

About today’s guest

Researcher and educator Alfie Kohn is the author of 14 books [see below]. He has been described by Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” Kohn lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.

Recommended Resources:

The following books authored by Alfie Kohn can be found on his website along with other great resources: PUNISHED BY REWARDS, THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE, UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING, THE HOMEWORK MYTH, THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD, and SCHOOLING BEYOND MEASURE.

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