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The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning


reviewed by Andrea DeBruin-Parecki 2002

coverTitle: The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learning
Author(s): Etta Kralovec and John Buell
Publisher: Beacon Press, Boston
ISBN: 0807042188, Pages: 119, Year: 2000
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It is a Sunday morning, and I have been thinking about the book The End of Homework: How Homework Disrupts Families, Overburdens Children, and Limits Learningby Kralovec and Buell for several weeks as I prepare to write this review. I glance over the comics as I drink my morning coffee, and there is my inspiration, a comic strip called Zits by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (3/18/01). The first panel shows a father with a glass of wine remarking that it is dinnertime and he can finally lay down the burdens of the day and enjoy the fruits of his labor. The next four panels show a teenager desperately trying to lift up his heavy backpack. When he finally succeeds, stacks of books and papers spill out. His father reflects on his first comment and adds, "That would be for the non-homework oppressed among us." The son, trying to see his mother over the stack of homework piled high on the dinner table, replies... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 76-78
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10746, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 7:24:41 PM

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  • Andrea DeBruin-Parecki
    University of Northern Iowa
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    Andrea DeBruin-Parecki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations at The University of Northern Iowa. Her scholarly interests include: family literacy, motivation of students placed at risk, authentic assessment, and teacher reflection. Selected publications include: Making School Count: Promoting Urban Student Motivation and Success (co-author Teel, Routledge Falmer, 2001) and Helping Your Child Become a Reader (U.S. Department of Education, 2000).
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