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.
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I tell my teachers that there is way too much homework every night but they never listen. What can we do to stop all of this? It must stop. I am dying here!
Try talking to your parents about it and suggest they read The Case Against Homework. The book will give them plenty of ideas on what they can do. You also can get ideas on ways to get together with other students and talk to teachers, guidance counselors, administrators, and School Board members, to try to alleviate some of the pressure. You can also look into Stressed Out Students, a program at Stanford University, which goes to schools and works with students, teachers, parents, and administrators to figure out ways to reduce stress. Good luck and feel free to email me directly.
For several years we have experienced the frustrations of too much homework with my son who is now in fifth grade. Although our district has a policy of 10 minutes per night of homework per grade, the amount of time it takes to do the homework is unreasonably long. In addition to this time, the children are asked to read for 30 minutes, that after the hours of frustration to just finish the homework.
Children need time to relax after a long day at school. They need to play, use their imaginaton, and be creative on their own terms.
Your work has given me encouragement to tackle the entrenched notion that homework is necessarily good for the children.