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The Case against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do about It

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Does assigning fifty math problems accomplish any more than assigning five? Is memorizing word lists the best way to increase vocabulary-especially when it takes away from reading time? And what is the real purpose behind those devilish dioramas? The time our children spend doing homework has skyrocketed in recent years. Parents spend countless hours cajoling their kids to complete such assignments-often without considering whether or not they serve any worthwhile purpose. Even many teachers are in the dark: Only one of the hundreds the authors interviewed and surveyed had ever taken a course specifically on homework during training. The truth, according to Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish, is that there is almost no evidence that homework helps elementary school students achieve academic success and little evidence that it helps older students. Yet the nightly burden is taking a serious toll on America's families. It robs children of the sleep, play, and exercise time they need for proper physical, emotional, and neurological development. And it is a hidden cause of the childhood obesity epidemic, creating a nation of "homework potatoes." In The Case Against Homework, Bennett and Kalish draw on academic research, interviews with educators, parents, and kids, and their own experience as parents and successful homework reformers to offer detailed advice to frustrated parents. You'll find out which assignments advance learning and which are time-wasters, how to set priorities when your child comes home with an overstuffed backpack, how to talk and write to teachers and school administrators in persuasive, nonconfrontational ways, and how to rally other parents to help restore balance in your children's lives. Empowering, practical, and rigorously researched, The Case Against Homework shows how too much work is having a negative effect on our children's achievement and development and gives us the tools and tactics we need to advocate for change.

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Argues that homework has little to do with academic success, and offers parents strategies and techniques for communicating with teachers and schools to advocate for change.

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Does assigning fifty math problems accomplish any more than assigning five? Is memorizing word lists the best way to increase vocabulary-especially when it takes away from reading time? And what is the real purpose behind those devilish dioramas? The time our children spend doing homework has skyrocketed in recent years. Parents spend countless hours cajoling their kids to complete such assignments-often without considering whether or not they serve any worthwhile purpose. Even many teachers are in the dark: Only one of the hundreds the

About the Author

Sara Bennett is a criminal defense appeals attorney and was the first director of the Wrongful Convictions Project of New York City’s Legal Aid Society. She is an expert in the post-conviction representation of battered women and the wrongly convicted, and lectures widely. Sara and her cases have been featured in the New York Times and on 60 Minutes II, Dateline NBC, and the Today show. She successfully challenged and changed homework policies at her children’s schools. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Nancy Kalish is a former senior editor at Child and columnist for Redbook, Working Mother, and Selecciones. She writes often for Parenting, Parents, Real Simple, Reader’s Digest, More, Ladies’ Home Journal, Health, Prevention, and other magazines. While writing this book, Nancy put several of the strategies to work for her own daughter, always with positive results. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Table of Contents

Part One. Fried Brains and Frayed Tempers — So Much Work, So Little Time — You Think There's a System ... But Is There? — The Family Fallout: From Parent to Taskmaster — The Creation of the Homework Potato — "I Hate School" — Part Two. Ending Homework Hell — Homework Deconstructed: Brain Work or Busy Work? — The Real Way to Help With Homework — Preparing To Talk To the Teacher — Crisis Control: What to Do When the Homework Hits The Fan — Getting the School on Your Side.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307381453
Subtitle:
How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do about It
Publisher:
Crown Publishers
Author:
Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish
Author:
Nancy Kalish
Author:
Bennett, Sara
Author:
Kalish, Nancy
Author:
Bennett Sara
Subject:
Family & Relationships-Parenting - General
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Parenting - General
Subject:
Family & Relationships : Life Stages - School Age
Subject:
Education : Educational Policy & Reform
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
Homework
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Learning
Subject:
Education-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060829
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
290

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"Synopsis" by , Does assigning fifty math problems accomplish any more than assigning five? Is memorizing word lists the best way to increase vocabulary-especially when it takes away from reading time? And what is the real purpose behind those devilish dioramas? The time our children spend doing homework has skyrocketed in recent years. Parents spend countless hours cajoling their kids to complete such assignments-often without considering whether or not they serve any worthwhile purpose. Even many teachers are in the dark: Only one of the hundreds the
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