Kohn’s claim is simple: There is not one single study that shows that homework helps kids learn. At the same time kids have less and less time to just be kids – time spent on homework has gone up 50% since 1981.
And if your first thought is “But how could you have a school without homework” you’ll be glad to hear that the Sudbury Valley schools have been doing just fine without homework for 35 years now. I previously wrote about these radically different schools and why I would love to have gone to one of them.
You know what this fixation on homework is? It’s The Cult of Overwork forced on children. Let’s stop it.
A big thank you to Leandro N. Camargo from Brazil for sending me the link :o)