Stop Homework a resource created by Sara Bennett, co-author of The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It.

Archive for Media Clips

On the Radio

Coming up on Monday…. I’ll be a guest on Dr. Dan Gottlieb’s radio show, Voices in the Family at 12 noon EST on WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR-affiliate. In 2006, I posted a few pieces that Dr. Gottlieb had written for the Philadelphia Inquirer and I’m a big fan of everything he’s written. I can’t wait to get to talk to him in person. If you get a chance, tune in.

Tune in on Thursday to All Day Web-a-Thon on School Reform

The American Sports Institute is creating a new, ground-breaking, wellness-based school (The Arete School) in Marin County, California, and, to support its efforts, there will be an all-day streaming telethon on the internet on Thursday, February 28. The event will feature leading sports figures and educators discussing topics ranging from school reform to the keys to athletic and academic success.

“The problems plaguing America’s public-school system are well documented, yet solutions remain frustratingly elusive,” says Dr. Joel Kirsch, president of the American Sports Institute. “Despite a powerful, natural desire to learn inherent in all children, the vast majority of our nation’s students are disengaged in their academic classes. In addition, too many students are unhealthy and unfit, with childhood overweight and obesity at near-crises levels. We’ve developed a new way for educators to connect with students that is being validated by current research, and is grounded in the perspectives of great figures throughout history and in ancient Greek culture. This learning process has positively impacted students from all major demographic groups.”

Most of the guests, including me, are interviewed for 20-30 minute segments. Some of the other educators and education guests are William Damon and Denise Pope of Stanford University, Charles Hillman of the University of Illinois, Fernando Gómez-Pinilla of UCLA, John Ratey of Harvard, Alex Filippenko and Stephen Miller of UC Berkeley, David Shernoff of Northern Illinois University, Brian Storts of the San Francisco Art Institute, California State Senator Tom Torlakson, Marshall Smith of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, three moms representing Vallecito Elementary School in San Rafael, California, three advanced-placement students and their parents representing Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley, California, three San Francisco Bay Area students, and futurist Alvin Toffler, author of Future Shock and The Third Wave.

The Web-a-Thon will be webcast beginning 8:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time, on February 28, via the following website addresses:

KGO-TV: abc7news.com
KGO-Radio: kgoam810.com
San Francisco Chronicle: sfgate.com

All of the segments are archived here.

Senior Dad Revisits Homework

In the last two weeks, Stan Goldberg, a podcaster from the Bay Area who is better known as Senior Dad has interviewed two parents involved in trying to change homework policy in their communities, Amanda Cockshutt and Tracy Mason.

Amanda, who wrote a guest blog entry last June, and whose letter to a local newspaper I posted last May, is an incredibly articulate speaker. It’s worth taking the time to listen to her interview. She talks eloquently about the problems with homework, how she has approached the school, and some of the practices that have been changed as a result of her advocacy.

Recently, I’ve been following Tracy’s organizing efforts in San Marino, California, here and here. You can hear Tracy, who is also very articulate, speak for herself here.

Last year, Senior Dad did a four-part series on homework, where he interviewed Alfie Kohn, John Buell, Harris Cooper, and me. And here’s a very recent interview I did with Christina Lemmey of wonder years radio. Christina is the mother of 2 girls, ages 10 and 5, and their school experiences have formed the basis for her podcast.

Is Homework Ban the Beginning of a National Revolution?

Yesterday, the CBS Nightly News picked up the story of the homework ban at The Oak Knoll Elementary School in Menlo Park, California, and asked whether Oak Knoll is at the forefront of a homework revolution. I hope so. After a short ad, you can watch the story here.

Recent Media

Since The Case Against Homework came out in late August, the book has been discussed in dozens of newspapers and magazines, and I’ve been interviewed countless times for radio, TV, and print media. The reception from audiences everywhere has been fantastic. After almost every radio show, the hosts have told me they’ve received more calls than on any other recent show.

Several weeks ago, I was invited to my hometown, Toronto, Canada, for a day of media appearances. I had a one-on-one conversation with Steve Paikin, the host of The Agenda on TVOntario.You can watch our 15-minute conversation of October 23, 2006, here:

Also several weeks ago, I was interviewed by Stan Goldberg from San Francisco, California, who hosts a podcast called Sr. Dad. He interviewed Harris Cooper, Alfie Kohn, John Buell, and me in separate, very lengthy interviews. You can listen to them here.

And, if you want to read any of the media coverage of the book, just google “Case Against Homework” (in quotation marks). You’ll see that this book (and Alfie Kohn’s The Homework Myth) is shining a spotlight on a widespread problem.

Today Show clip

Many people have told me that they didn’t get a chance to see my co-author and me on the Today Show. So, since you asked, here’s the clip of our appearance on the Today Show on August 31, 2006: