Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn


Kohn has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators -- as well as parents and managers -- across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the "Today" show ... VIEW MORE

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  • THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF "TOUGHER STANDARDS": Challenging High-Stakes Testing and Other Impediments to Learning

    The main effect "of the drive for so-called higher standards in schools is that the children are too busy to think," ... View More

  • PERFORMANCE VS. LEARNING: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement

    Educational researchers have discovered that there is a significant difference between getting students to think about ... View More


    Students are not receptacles to be filled with knowledge, or clay to be molded. They, like all of us, are active ... View More

  • ON BRIBING STUDENTS TO LEARN: Second Thoughts About A's, Praise, Stickers, and Contests

    Teachers are often encouraged to rely on rewards rather than punishments, but research suggests that carrots can be just ... View More

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