Book List

Bennett, Sara and Kalish, Nancy, The Case Against Homework: How Homework is Huring Children and What Parents Can Do About It, New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007

Cooper, Harris, The Battle Over Homework: Common Ground for Administrators, Teachers, and Parents, Thousand Oaks, Calif: Corwin Press 2006

Encounter Magazine: The Homework Issue, Winter 2007, available from

Goodman, Vera, Simply Too Much Homework! What Can We Do?, Calgary: Reading Wings, 2007

Kohn, Alfie, The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing, New York: Da Capo Press, 2006

Kralovec, Etta and Buell, John, The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning, Boston: Beacon Press, 2006

Stop Homework

Toronto, Canada’s, family friendly homework policy

Vatterott, Cathy, Rethinking Homework: Best Practices that Support Diverse Needs, ACSD, 2009

Almon Joan and Miller, Edward, Crisis in the Kindergarten: Why Children Need to Play in School (Report from the Alliance for Childhood)

Brown, Stuart and Vaughan, Christopher, Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul, New York: Avery, 2009

Ginsburg, Kenneth R. and the Committee on Communications
and the Committee on Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development and Maintaining Strong Parent-Child Bonds (Report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2006)

Barros, Romina M. , Ellen J. Silver and Ruth E. K. Stein, School Recess and Group Classroom Behavior (Pediatrics, 2009).

Dyson, Ben, and Dyson, Lisa, Recess Should not be Optional Program, The Commercial Appeal, January 21, 2009,

Ohanian, Susan, What Happened to Recess and Why are our Children Struggling in Kindergarten, New York: McGraw Hill, 2002

National Sleep Foundation

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Education Initiative

Challenge Success (an expanded version of the Stanford University School of Education Stressed Out Student Project)

Liston, C., B. S. McEwen and B. J. Caseya, Psychosocial stress reversibly disrupts prefrontal processing and attentional control

Needham High School Stress Reduction Committee

Fair Test: The National Center for Fair and Open Testing

Atwell, Nancie, In the Middle: New Understandings About Writing, Reading, and Learning, Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Boynton, 1998

Cohen-Sandler, Roni, Stressed-out Girls : Helping Them Thrive in the Age of Pressure, New York: Viking, 2005

Crain, William, Rethinking Childhood: Letting Children be Children in our Achievement-Oriented Society, New York: Times Books 2003

The Education Conservancy

Doherty, William, Overscheduled Kids, Underconnected Families: The Research Evidence (a summary of the findings in Sandra L. Hofferth, “Changes in American Children’s Time, 1981-1997,” University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, Center Survey, January, 1999.)

Dweck, Carol, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, New York: Ballantine, 2007

Elkind, David, The Hurried Child–25th Anniversary Edition, New York: Da Capo Press, 2006

Honore, Carl, Under Pressure: Rescuing Our Children from the Culture of Hyper-Parenting, New York: Harper Collins, 2008

Levine, Madeline, The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids, Harper Paperbacks, 2008

Lobdell, Jim, Positive Sports Parenting: How Second-Goal Parents Raise Winners in Life Through Sports, Portola Valley, CA: Balance Sports Publishing, 2008

Lockhart, Paul, A Mathematician’s Lament: How School Cheats Us Out of Our Most Fascinating and Imaginative Art Form, New York: Bellevue Literary Press, 2009

Louv, Richard, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Algonquin Books, 2006

Medina, John, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School, Seattle, WA: Pear Press, 2009

Mercogliano, Chris, In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids’ Inner Wildness, Boston: Beacon Press, 2007

Miller, Donalyn, and Anderson, Jeff, The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009

Mogel, Wendy, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children, New York: Scribner, 2008

Pink, Daniel, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, New York: Riverhead Trade, 2006

Pope, Denise Clark, Doing School : How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed-Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 2001

Pope, Loren, Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges, New York: Penguin Books, 2006

Race to Nowhere (documentary film)

Robinson, Alexandra, The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids, New York: Hyperion, 2007

Robinson, Sir Ken, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, New York: Viking, 2009

Skenazy, Lenore, Free-Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry, New Jersey: Jossey-Bass, 2009

Steinberg, Jacques, The Gatekeepers: Inside the Admissions Process of a Premier College, New York: Penguin, 2003

Thompson, Michael and Baker, Teresa, The Pressured Child : Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life, New York: Ballantine, 2004

Tyre, Peg, The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Should Do, New York: Crown, 2008

Wagner, Tony, The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need–And What We Can Do About It, New York: Basic Books, 2008

White, Kristin M, The Complete Guide to the Gap Year: The Best Things to Do Between High School and College, San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2009

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