Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn

Biography

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

  • OVERHAULING THE TRANSMISSION MODEL

    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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