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The Truth About Homework

The Truth About Homework
September 6, 2006 The Truth About Homework Needless Assignments Persist Because of Widespread Misconceptions About Learning By Alfie Kohn Para leer este artículo en Español, haga clic aquí. There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. The dimensions of that last disparity weren’t clear to me until I began sifting through the research for a new book. In high school, some studies do find a correlation between homework and test scores (or grades), but it’s usually fairly small and it has a tendency to disappear when more sophisticated statistical controls are applied. The results of national and international exams raise further doubts. Finally, there isn’t a shred of evidence to support the widely accepted assumption that homework yields nonacademic benefits for students of any age. Sandra Hofferth of the University of Maryland, one of the authors of that study, has just released an update based on 2002 data.

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Study Finds Too Much Homework Bad for Students November 16, 2012 When it comes to kids and homework, more isn't necessarily better, according to a new study out of the University of Virginia. 'When Is Homework Worth the Time' looks at student achievements in comparison to time spent on homework. Researchers said the findings were surprising. "The more time students spend on homework, it's not clear that they are getting better grades or better test scores," said Robert Tai, an associate professor with the Curry School of Education at UVa. Tai and two co-authors looked at transcripts and data for more than 18,000 tenth grade students nationwide.

Does Homework Improve Learning? Chapter 2 of THE HOMEWORK MYTH (Da Capo Press, 2006) Copyright © 2006 by Alfie Kohn Does Homework Improve Learning? By Alfie Kohn What Is Unschooling? Invitation to a Survey Unschooling is a movement that turns conventional thinking about education upside down. I'd like to learn more about it and tell the world more about it, and for that reason I'm conducting a survey of unschooling families. If you are a member of such a family and are willing to participate, you can find the form here . If you can't find it that way, you can request the form from me by email, at grayp@bc.edu . The form itself contains all the information you need to complete and return it. It's short and not hard to complete.

7 Lessons From 7 Great Minds Have you ever wished you could go back in time and have a conversation with one of the greatest minds in history? Well, you can’t sorry, they’re dead. Unless of course you’re clairaudient, be my guest. But for the rest of us, we can still refer to the words they left behind. 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. Too Much Homework Can Lower Test Scores, Researchers Say By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 03/30/2012 09:42 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries Piling on the homework doesn't help kids do better in school. In fact, it can lower their test scores. That's the conclusion of a group of Australian researchers, who have taken the aggregate results of several recent studies investigating the relationship between time spent on homework and students' academic performance.

Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers FAQ (Learn in Freedom!) Copyright © 2013 Karl M. Bunday, all rights reserved. Homeschooled Children Can Get Into Good Colleges Every year homeschoolers are admitted to hundreds of colleges in at least five countries. Playground Interactive activities, some used other places on Serendip for other reasons, and others just because ...? The idea, of course, is that there isn't a whole lot of difference between playing and learning ... exploring is the underpinnings and enjoyment inherent in both. If that idea makes you think of either play or education in new ways, so much the better. Regardless, the web provides not only information and pictures, but also the wherewithal to have experiences that you might not otherwise have a chance to have. The Case Against Homework More than ever, it seems as though being a modern parent means wrestling with thorny social, tech and school issues. For instance, should kids be saddled with hours of after-school assignments? That depends on your point of view, and we want to know yours. iStockphoto

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research Alfie Kohn writes about what a new homework study really says — and what it doesn’t say. He is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “Feel-Bad Education… And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schooling.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.

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