The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers

What is the trap?


The homework trap is a condition in which the child consistently fails to do his or her work. The problem starts in elementary school and continues through high school. It affects adult life. Parents are drawn into excessive conversation with their child's teachers and unnecessary conflict with their own children. Common strategies to get children back on track do more harm than good. The Homework Trap: How to Save the Sanity of Parents, Students and Teachers explains in reader-friendly terms, using concepts from behavioral, developmental and organizational psychology, why the child does not do the work. It debunks the common misconception that the child is unmotivated, replacing it with an accurate understanding about what drives the supposedly "bad" behaviors.

"An invaluable resource for frustrated parents, The Homework Trap offers a thoughtful reexamination of traditional approaches to homework non-compliance. It is written in a conversational, easy to understand style. It should be required reading for all teachers, school counselors, and principals. " Dr. Kathy Vatterott, Author of Rethinking Homework.

"By suggesting a term, homework-trapped, and by situating homework problems as ‘under the radar’ learning problems, Goldberg helps us see that homework problems develop over time and that they are educational problems, NOT moral or behavioral problems. In this way, Goldberg moves the homework debate into some new and important territory. And he also helps the thousands of families who fight each night over homework. Where was this book when my son was growing up?" Dr. Etta Kralovec, Co-author of The End of Homework.

"Bravo to Kenneth Goldberg for focusing his clinical psychologist's eye on the problems with homework. Goldberg explains why you fight over homework, why the fight isn't worth it, and how to change the pattern."
Sara Bennett, Co-author of The Case Against Homework.

"This is a great book for parents and teachers facing that most difficult of problems—homework...
I recommend the book highly to everyone who cares about children." William Crain, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology, City College of New York
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