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Closing the Book on Homework : Enhancing Public Education.

Author/Creator:
Buell, John.
Publication:
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 2003.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (173 pages)
Edition:
1st ed.
Series:
Teaching/Learning Social Justi Ser.
Teaching/Learning Social Justi Ser.
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Subjects:
Education -- Parent participation -- United States.
Educational change -- United States.
Home and school -- United States.
Homework -- Social aspects -- United States.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Summary:
In this, the sequel to his critically acclaimed and controversial The End of Homework, John Buell extends his case against homework. Arguing that homework robs children-and parents-of unstructured time for play and intellectual and emotional development, Closing the Book on Homework offers a convincing case for why homework is an outgrowth of broader cultural anxieties about the sanctity of work itself. After the publication of Buell's previous book, many professional educators portrayed reducing homework as a dangerous idea, while at the same time parents and teachers increasingly raised doubts as to its continued usefulness in education. According to John Buell, the importance of play is culturally underappreciated. Not only grade schoolers, but high school students and adult workers deserve time for the kind of leisure that fosters creativity and sustains a life long interest in learning. Homework is assigned for many reasons, many having little to do with learning, including an accepted, if unchallenged, belief that it fosters good work habits for children's futures. As John Buell argues convincingly, homework does more to obstruct the growth of children's minds, and consumes the time of parents and children who may otherwise develop relationships that foster true growth and learning. A unique book that is sure to fuel the growing debate on school reform, Closing the Book on Homework offers a roadmap for learning that will benefit the wellbeing of children, parents, and teachers alike.
Contents:
Intro
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Homework as an Issue in American Politics
1 Revisiting the Evidence
2 A History Lesson about Work and Homework
3 Educating Global Citizens or Global Workers?
4 Education at the Epicenter
Conclusion: On Character and Public Education in Democratic Society
Notes
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Buell, John Closing the Book on Homework
ISBN:
9781592137688
9781592132171
OCLC:
437182570