I believe that every educator should be required to read this book. Join Reader Rewards and earn points when you purchase this book from your favorite retailer. Jul 16, Jane marked it as triedtoread. But there are a lot of condescending “tips” given to parents- the target audience- about how “remember, most teachers aren’t even certified in their subject! SearchWorks Catalog Stanford Libraries. This is a must read even just a skim for all parents not planning to homeschool.

While this books is aimed toward parents, I feel it would be a better read for teachers. 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. Of course students are going to complain that they have too much homework. On the contrary, research demonstrates that humans do best when they are in control. It may be true, but pointing it out is bound to lead to defensiveness. It teaches you because it is hands on, meaning it forces one to open a book to read, or to calculate or to create a project.

By this point I was able to have a quiet setting, a snack and could purchase most of the things required, without parental involvement.

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Bennett and Kalish provide good advice on what kalis should do. She successfully challenged and changed homework policies at her children’s schools. I can definitely see that going well. Sociology seems to have caught on to what many a sixth-grader has long suspected: Accept that your child’s intelligence may not be evenly distributed in all subjects.


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Kick them out of the house. It helps to consolidate schoolwork, it teaches independence and responsibility and good work habits, it raises attainment, or so the argument goes.

In the end–not recommended, even for those interested in the topic. The book addresses many valid points in the homework “battles” many parents see on a daily basis. On the contrary, research demonstrates that humans do best when they are in control. Yet research findings that demonstrate against the advantages of homework are disregarded.

As for parents, they should find it disconcerting to hear that their school administrators and teachers are opting of this. The time our children spend doing homework has skyrocketed in recent years. Educational debates should focus less on education policy as such, and more on socioeconomic inequality. And what is the real purpose behind those devilish dioramas?

the case against homework by sara bennett and nancy kalish

Of nanncy one would have to read the studies in the back of the book because they aren’t digested at length. Quotes from The Case Against Dec 15, Jana rated it liked it.

Sep 09, Cortney rated it it was ok.

The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It

A lot more research and several chapters less emotion would have turned this into a great book that tackles a worthy debate. Also, how would you learn better at home with no instructor than at school with an instructor? Even many teachers are in the dark: A parent as a math tutor can be a ruinous experience to their primary relationship, whereas a trusted family friend the child likes might be more useful.


I’m convinced and angry. Homework teaches ownership, responsibility and provides a taste of both success and failure which are both important. I’ve seen friends’ children struggling to complete silly assignments at an age when they should be playing games, free reading, and exploring the world.

the case against homework by sara bennett and nancy kalish

That is why I chose to read it. The parent follows up with how not getting a homework completion certificate will “hurt his self esteem” and how “maybe he can get his own special certificate since he’ll be reading every night?

Visit Nancy at NancyKalish. Szra litany of complaints over testing and No Child Left Behind is FAR too long to get into here; suffice it to say that the homework phenomenon of hours per night sar 8th graders is being fed by the standardized test beast.