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Overscheduled children and adolescents. Public release date: 31-Mar-2011 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Sarah 202-289-7905Society for Research in Child Development Popular books and media reports have perpetuated the belief that children and adolescents are overscheduled in their extracurricular activities, and that this can disrupt how families function and undermine young people's opportunities for success.

Overscheduled children and adolescents

Although there is little empirical research to support this idea, some studies suggest a threshold effect in which the benefits of involvement stabilize or drop slightly after a certain point. But we know little about who becomes involved in extracurricular activities to this extent, what happens at such high levels of involvement, and whether patterns differ for different groups of children and adolescents. Between 70 and 83 percent of American children and teens say they take part in at least one extracurricular activity.

Researchers: Andrea D. . [ Print | E-mail. Homework. Main objectives and reasons for homework The basic objectives of assigning homework to students are the same as schooling in general: to increase the knowledge and improve the abilities and skills of the students.[1] However, opponents of homework cite homework as rote, or grind work, designed to take up children's time, without offering tangible benefit.[2] Homework may be designed to reinforce what students have already learned,[3] prepare them for upcoming (or complex or difficult) lessons, extend what they know by having them apply it to new situations, or to integrate their abilities by applying many different skills to a single task.


Homework also provides an opportunity for parents to participate in their children's education. Amount of homework required Many schools exceed these recommendations or do not considered assigned reading in the time limit worthwhile.[6] The homework myth. "Parents take note: this is a stinging jeremiad against the assignment of homework, which the author, a prominent educator, convincingly argues is a wasteful, unimaginative, and pedagogically bankrupt practice that initiates kids into a soul-sucking rat race long before their time.

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" --Atlantic Monthly "The Homework Myth should be required reading for every teacher, principal, and school district head in the country. . . . Kohn cites plenty of research to back up his thesis. None of it shows the slightest connection between homework and independent thinking. Kohn argues that homework is a burden to children, and, not surprisingly, their parents. . . . --Boston Globe "Alfie Kohn . . . has made a convincing case against homework . . . .

--Kappa Delta Pi Record "Kohn takes many of the things we assume about homework and shreds them, showing over and over how little research there is to back up all the accepted theories. . . . --San Diego Union Tribune --Our Schools / Our Selves. Rethinking Homework. January/February 2007 Rethinking Homework By Alfie Kohn After spending most of the day in school, children are typically given additional assignments to be completed at home.

Rethinking Homework

This is a rather curious fact when you stop to think about it, but not as curious as the fact that few people ever stop to think about it. It becomes even more curious, for that matter, in light of three other facts: 1. 2. 3. It’s not as though most teachers decide now and then that a certain lesson really ought to continue after school is over because meaningful learning is so likely to result from such an assignment that it warrants the intrusion on family time.

I’ve heard from countless people across the country about the frustration they feel over homework. What parents and teachers need is support from administrators who are willing to challenge the conventional wisdom. So what’s a thoughtful principal to do? Homework. Conversations Show #13 - 2008 10 19. Printer-friendly version Send by email 65:23 minutes (29.93 MB) MP3 Stereo 44kHz 64Kbps (CBR) Homework was the topic of Conversation this week.

Conversations Show #13 - 2008 10 19

Maria and Lisa were joined by Linda Nitsche and Lee Kolbert and lots of folks in the chatroom. Many opinions were expressed about the purpose and reasons for giving homework. Chat Log 11:34:03mariak: we are streaming 11:34:05loonyhiker: i had to refresh and i can hear now 11:34:11mariak: ettt a 11:34:16lparisi: edtechtalk a 11:34:17minhaaj: did you get the link for the pictures i uploaded from abu dhabi ? NPR Homework Myth.