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The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It

reviewed by Karen McCarthy - April 09, 2007

coverTitle: The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It
Author(s): Sara Bennett and Nancy Kalish
Publisher: Crown Publishers,
ISBN: 0307340171 , Pages: 304, Year: 2006
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There are few things in education as dependable as homework—it is such an accepted, ordinary aspect of our educational system that few outside the field may stop to think deeply about it. The Case Against Homework attempts to change all that. Its goal is to force readers to rethink their ideas about homework, to show that the majority of homework is not constructive—and is, in fact, destructive—and to provide tools and encouragement to parents so they may change the homework system in their communities. Authors Sara Bennett, a criminal defense appeals attorney, and Nancy Kalish, a former senior editor at Child and current magazine columnist, are both parents who became concerned with the toll excessive homework was taking on their children and families. The Case Against Homework is their response: Here’s a radical thought: It’s time to trust your own instincts. Don’t let the schools tell you that you have to accept... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: April 09, 2007
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14160, Date Accessed: 5/14/2021 3:57:15 AM

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  • Karen McCarthy
    Boston Public Schools
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    KAREN L. MCCARTHY is a high school English teacher and special educator in the Boston Public Schools. She has worked with middle school children on Martha's Vineyard, taught math and reading to children in Guatemala, and has written for Let's Go Travel Guide in Spain and Portugal. After extensive travel, she earned a masterís degree in education from Harvard University and entered the classroom. She teaches a graduate class in special education to teachers in training, and works with a team to design and facilitate professional development at her school where she also serves as a teacher leader, and presents at professional development conferences throughout the Boston area. Her professional interests include urban education, the achievement gap, brain-based learning, literacy, and special education.
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