Monday, May 16, 2011

Books on Education ALL Parents Should Read

Well, maybe reading cover to cover isn't necessary. Let's say all parents should browse or skim.
The Homework Myth by Alfie Khon
  • Main Idea: No research proves that homework helps academics.
  • Other main points: Homework harms family life; homework does not foster responsibility; review and practice could be done in the classroom where help and enrichment can be provided by the teacher; homework should not be the default; if homework is given choice is key, and free reading and finishing projects are best
  • Writing style: Khon's book is a little repetitive, but that is because it is broken down into well organized sections. This makes it easy to skim and jump around.
  • Full review on my blog "My Other Self"

The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease (look for more recent editions)
  • Main Idea: Reading aloud to your child as little as 15 minutes a day from birth through the teens has a HUGE impact on overall education.
  • Other main points: Reading is the most important skill for education; children who are not read to before starting school are already behind in terms of rich language exposure and background knowledge; turn off the TV; men need to read to their children; huge list of books to read aloud for all ages
  • Writing style: Trelease has written this book for parents as well as educators and librarians. The writing is easy to read and organized into easy to skim headings.
  • Full review on my blog "My Other Self"

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