Rethinking Homework Surveys

Rethinking Homework Surveys It’s not uncommon for schools to distribute surveys to parents in an effort to learn more about families’ experiences with homework.  While it might be even more helpful to ask the students themselves, it’s always commendable when someone wants to check out how a policy is affecting those on the receiving end.  Unfortunately, what’s most striking about ... Read More

The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve – (Lecture Topic)

THE (PROGRESSIVE) SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE  Our knowledge of how children learn - and how schools can help -- has come a long way in the last few decades. Unfortunately, most schools have not: They're still more about memorizing facts and practicing isolated skills than understanding ideas from the inside out; they still exclude students from any meaningful decision-making role; ... Read More

“Well, Duh!” — 10 Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring

AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL April 2011 “Well, Duh!” -- Ten Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring By Alfie Kohn The field of education bubbles over with controversies. It’s not unusual for intelligent people of good will to disagree passionately about what should happen in schools. But there are certain precepts that aren’t debatable, that just about anyone would have ... Read More

“But I Need to Assign Homework! Look at All I Have to Cover!”

A parent wrote me today to express her frustration not only with homework but with the response she hears from teachers when she complains about homework. Even those teachers who are sufficiently knowledgeable and brave to admit that research fails to show any meaningful benefit from making kids do homework — particularly in elementary school — tend . . . (Read More)

Changing the Homework Default

  INDEPENDENT SCHOOL Winter 2007 Changing the Homework Default By Alfie Kohn The difference between a good educator and a great educator is that the former figures out how to work within the constraints of traditional policies and accepted assumptions, whereas the latter figures out how to change whatever gets in the way of doing right by kids.  “But we’ve always…”, ... Read More

Rethinking Homework

PRINCIPAL January/February 2007 Rethinking Homework By Alfie Kohn [For a more detailed look at the issues discussed here -- including a comprehensive list of citations to relevant research and a discussion of successful efforts to effect change-- please see the book The Homework Myth.] After spending most of the day in school, children are typically given additional assignments to be completed ... Read More

The Truth About Homework

EDUCATION WEEK 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.  Huge schools are still being built even though we know that students tend to fare ... Read More

Abusing Research: The Study of Homework and Other Examples

PHI DELTA KAPPAN September 2006 Abusing Research The Study of Homework and Other Examples By Alfie Kohn Research, please forgive us.  Our relationship with you is clearly dysfunctional.  We proclaim to the world how much we care about you, yet we fail to treat you with the respect you deserve.  We value you conditionally, listening only when you tell us ... Read More