PUNISHED BY REWARDS: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes
(Houghton Mifflin, 1993/1999)

Makes the case against using rewards with students, children, and employees; lengthy chapters offer alternatives to traditional carrot-and-stick practices at school, at home, and at work.

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  NO CONTEST: The Case Against Competition
(Houghton Mifflin, 1986/1992)

Argues that competition is counterproductive in all areas of human life, undermining achievement, damaging self-esteem, and poisoning relationships.

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  THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"
(Houghton Mifflin, 1999)

Challenges widespread assumptions about back-to-basics and "bunch o' facts" teaching, as well as the current test-driven accountability movement.

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  THE HOMEWORK MYTH: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing
(Da Capo Books, 2006)

A debunking of common defenses of homework – that it promotes higher achievement, “reinforces” learning, and teaches study skills – followed by half a dozen explanations for why we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil to children in the absence of proven benefits.

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  BEYOND DISCIPLINE: From Compliance to Community
(Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1996)

A modest attempt to overthrow the entire field of classroom management, which describes how creating democratic learning communities is more effective than coercing children into complying with teachers' expectations.

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  THE CASE AGAINST STANDARDIZED TESTING: Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools
(Heinemann, 2000)

A short, accessible, Q & A-style book on tests and what we can do about them, expanding on information in the Schools book described above.

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  THE BRIGHTER SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life
(Basic Books, 1990)

Draws from hundreds of studies to argue that selfishness and aggression are no more "natural" than caring and generosity.

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  WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE WELL EDUCATED? And More Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies
(Beacon Press, 2004)

A collection of articles that were originally published between 1999 and 2003, dealing with topics ranging from the purposes of schooling to the SAT to the implications of Sept. 11.

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  WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A CLASSROOM . . . And Other Essays
(Jossey-Bass, 1998)

A collection of articles that were originally published between 1989 and 1998, dealing with topics ranging from character education to caring classrooms to the effects of watching TV.

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  YOU KNOW WHAT THEY SAY….: The Truth About Popular Beliefs
(HarperCollins, 1990)

A collection of short essays debunking the conventional wisdom about food, sex, behavior, and other topics.

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  [edited by Kohn]
EDUCATION, INC.: Turning Learning into a Business
(Heinemann, 2002)

A collection of essays by various authors critical of corporate involvement in schools, including such topics as advertising to children and efforts to privatize education.

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