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What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated?by Alfie Kohn
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Few writers ask us to question our fundamental assumptions about education as provocatively as Alfie Kohn. Time magazine has called him'perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores.' And the Washington Post says he is 'the most energetic and charismatic figure standing in the way of a major federal effort to make standardized curriculums and tests a fact of life in every U.S. school.'
In this new collection of essays, Kohn takes on some of the most important and controversial topics in education of the last few years. His central focus is on the real goals of education-a topic, he argues, that we systematically ignore while lavishing attention on misguided models of learning and counterproductive techniques of motivation.
The shift to talking about goals yields radical conclusions and wonderfully pungent essays that only Alfie Kohn could have written. From the title essay's challenge to conventional, conservative definitions of a good education to essays on standards and testing and grades that tally the severe educational costs of overemphasizing a narrow conception of achievement, Kohn boldly builds on his earlier work and writes for a wide audience.
Kohn's new book will be greeted with enthusiasm by his many readers and by any teacher or parent looking for a refreshing perspective on today's debates about schools.
Book News Annotation:
Kohn takes on the recent trend to stress grades and standardized testing in American schools. He compares getting an education to getting through the system, and finds that frustration and lack of real achievement grow in parallel when students are schooled rather than educated. The results, he believes, include a population more likely to be violent and less likely to think reasonably through issues and situations.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A hard hitting collection of essays on school and schooling.
One of education's best-known observers assembles a hard-hitting collection of essays on school and schooling.
About the Author
Alfie Kohn's previous eight books include Punished by Rewards, No Contest, and The Schools Our Children Deserve. He speaks widely to teachers and parents and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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