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Putting Homework on Hold

Friday, January 12, 2007 at 9:00 am
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The great American institution called Homework is under attack. Experts are calling it "worthless busy work." What's in your child's backpack? Those endless worksheets and vocabulary lists might do nothing more than dull your child's love for learning. It could be time to declare a moratorium on homework. It does no good, according to recent books on the subject. With more moms working and more kids involved in endless after-school activities, homework eats up what little family time there is. Has homework become obsolete? Or is it even more important now with all the tests and pressure to perform? Host Regina Brett talks with education expert Alfie Kohn who's caught the attention of the teaching profession with his book The Homework Myth. We'll also talk with two local teaching experts who have their own ideas about how much homework is too much. Join us with your thoughts on The Sound of Ideas.


Alfie Kohn, author, The Homework Myth; James Moore, professor, Teacher Education, CSU; Carol Paull, director, Field Experience and Professional Development, JCU

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