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Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

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Publisher Comments:

Mind-opening writing on what kids need from school, from one of education’s most outspoken voices

 

Almost no writer on schools asks us to question our fundamental assumptions about education and motivation as boldly as Alfie Kohn. The Washington Post says that “teachers and parents who encounter Kohn and his thoughts come away transfixed, ready to change their schools.” And Time magazine has called him “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”

 

Here is challenging and entertaining writing on where we should go in American education, in Alfie Kohn’s unmistakable voice. He argues in the title essay with those who think that high standards mean joylessness in the classroom. He reflects thoughtfully on the question “Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated.”  And in an essay for the New York Times, which generated enormous response, he warns against the dangers of both punishing and praising children for what they do instead of parenting “unconditionally.”   

 

Whether he’s talking about school policy or the psychology of motivation, Kohn gives us wonderfully provocative—and utterly serious—food for thought.  This new book will be greeted with enthusiasm by his many readers, and by teachers and parents seeking a refreshing perspective on today’s debates about kids and schools.

Review:

"Educator Kohn (Punished by Rewards) presents 19 essays (previously published in such newspapers and journals as the New York Times and Education Week) in this spirited and incisive probe of education today. Though Kohn can be witty and wry, his overarching message is quite sobering: he's convinced that 'historians will look back at our era of ever-higher standards and increasingly standardized instruction as a dark period in American education.' Kohn regards the one-size-fits-all approach as a serious mistake: instead of educating the 'whole child' in an individualized manner that nourishes a love of learning, the trend is to produce students who can memorize facts that are soon forgotten. Along with standardized tests, Kohn debunks homework and grades, and in a piece entitled 'How to Create Nonreaders' reveals that a sure way to destroy children's love of reading and writing is to require written reports, offer incentives, quantify assignments or focus on skills — all common practices in our classrooms. True 'progressive education' is very hard to find, the author claims, which is one reason it can't be blamed for the failings of our educational system. With plenty of data to back up his contrarian views, Kohn asks readers to take a hard look at where America's classrooms are heading and do whatever is necessary to turn schools from 'test prep centers' into joyful environments where kids learn to think for themselves. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)

Book News Annotation:

Kohn, an education writer and lecturer, collects 19 of his recent essays (published from 2004-2010) that provide a progressive perspective on education questions. He argues against uniform standards, the use of rubrics for evaluating individual assignments, and using competitiveness in a global economy as an excuse for education policies. He discusses what progressive education is, its values, and what distinguishes it; student cheating and other micro-level issues; how to motivate student interest in reading and writing; school safety; problems with signs considered to be inspiring in classrooms; issues with current education reform; and psychological and parenting issues, including self-discipline. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Alfie Kohn’s previous eleven books include Punished by Rewards, Unconditional Parenting, and What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated? (Beacon / 3267-1 / $16.00 pb). He speaks widely on education to teachers and parents, and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Feel-Bad Education:

And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

 

Alfie Kohn   

Introduction:  Well, Duh! Truths So Obvious That We May Not See Them

 

Progressivism and beyond

 

Progressive Education

 The Trouble with Pure Freedom

Challenging Students – and How to Have More of Them

Getting Hit on the Head Lessons

 

The nuts and bolts of learning

 

It’s Not What We Teach; It’s What They Learn

Who’s Cheating Whom?

How to Create Nonreaders

The Trouble with Rubrics

 

Climate & connections: How does school feel to the students?

 

The Value of Negative Learning

Unconditional Teaching

Safety from the Inside Out

Bad Signs

 

The big picture:  education policy

 

Feel-Bad Education

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When 21st-Century Schooling Just Isn’t Good Enough

Debunking the Case for National Standards

 

Beyond the schools:  psychological issues & parenting

 

Atrocious Advice from Supernanny

Parental Love with Strings Attached

Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated

Cash Incentives Won’t Make Us Healthier

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807001400
Author:
Kohn, Alfie
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Author:
Kohn, Alfie, Etc
Subject:
General
Subject:
General education.
Subject:
Education -- Aims and objectives.
Subject:
Public schools -- United States.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Educational Reform
Subject:
Education - Assessment
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
196
Dimensions:
8.48 x 5.5 x .59 in .64 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Educator Kohn (Punished by Rewards) presents 19 essays (previously published in such newspapers and journals as the New York Times and Education Week) in this spirited and incisive probe of education today. Though Kohn can be witty and wry, his overarching message is quite sobering: he's convinced that 'historians will look back at our era of ever-higher standards and increasingly standardized instruction as a dark period in American education.' Kohn regards the one-size-fits-all approach as a serious mistake: instead of educating the 'whole child' in an individualized manner that nourishes a love of learning, the trend is to produce students who can memorize facts that are soon forgotten. Along with standardized tests, Kohn debunks homework and grades, and in a piece entitled 'How to Create Nonreaders' reveals that a sure way to destroy children's love of reading and writing is to require written reports, offer incentives, quantify assignments or focus on skills — all common practices in our classrooms. True 'progressive education' is very hard to find, the author claims, which is one reason it can't be blamed for the failings of our educational system. With plenty of data to back up his contrarian views, Kohn asks readers to take a hard look at where America's classrooms are heading and do whatever is necessary to turn schools from 'test prep centers' into joyful environments where kids learn to think for themselves. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
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