Can homework backfire?

Schipani, Denise
December 2006
Scholastic Parent & Child;Dec2006, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p37
The article presents an interview with author Alfie Kohn regarding homework for children. When asked if there is a sense among parents and teachers that homework is a necessary evil, he said that it's plain evil and it's very hard to justify that it's necessary. He said that drill-and-practice approach found in assignments doesn't help kids understand ideas. He also argued that it's never been demonstrated that there is any academic advantage of homework, at least in the pre-high school.


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