Articles

Arranged by Subject

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(*) = included in What to Look for in a Classroom … and Other Essays
(**) = included in What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated? … and Other Essays
(#) = included in Feel-Bad Education … and Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

Aggression

Altruism. See Caring

Assessment. See Grades and assessment

Attention-deficit disorder

Biological determinism. See Nature/Nurture

Business and education. See also Privatization

  • Save Our Schools . . . from Business
    • SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
    • October 1995

[For more: Education, Inc.: Turning Learning into a Business (Heinemann, 2002)]

Camping

Caring

  • Human Nature’s Brighter Side
    • TEACHER MAGAZINE
    • June/July 1990
  • The ABCs of Caring
    • TEACHER MAGAZINE
    • January 1990
  • Raising Kids Who Care
    • LADIES HOME JOURNAL
    • December 1989

[For more: The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life (Basic, 1990)]

Character education

Cheating

Classroom management

  • Rethinking Discipline: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
    • GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING
    • May-June 1997

[For more: Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community (ASCD, 1996)]

College admission

Compensation

  • Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work
    • HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
    • Sept.-Oct. 1993
  • Why Rewards Undermine Performance [interview]
    • AMERICAN COMPENSATION ASSOCIATION JOURNAL
    • Summer 1995
  • Why Incentives Fail [interview]
    • CFO MAGAZINE
    • September 1994

Competition and cooperation

  • Cooperation: What It Means and Doesn’t Mean
    • in Cooperation: Beyond the Age of Competition
    • edited by A. Combs (Gordon & Breach, 1992)

[For more: No Contest: The Case Against Competition (Houghton Mifflin, 1986/1992)]

Corporate involvement in education. See Business and education

Critical thinking

Democratic education

Discipline at home. See Parenting

Discipline in school. See Classroom management

Education, goals of

Early childhood education

Equity issues

  • Poor Teaching for Poor Kids
    • LANGUAGE ARTS
    • January 2002

Existentialism

Grades and assessment

  • Emphasis Belongs on Learning, Not Grades (*)
    • BOSTON GLOBE
    • September 15, 1995

Grit. See Self-discipline

High schools

Homeschooling

  • Home Schooling
    • ATLANTIC MONTHLY
    • April 1988

Homework

[For more: The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing (Da Capo, 2006)]

Human nature

  • Human Nature’s Brighter Side
    • TEACHER MAGAZINE
    • June/July 1990

[For more: The Brighter Side of Human Nature: Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life (Basic, 1990)]

Incentives. See Rewards and praise; Compensation 

Instruction. See Pedagogy

Interviews. See Profiles of (and interviews with) Alfie Kohn 

Joy

Maslow, Abraham

Math

Measurement. See also Grades and Assessment

Merit pay

Money. See also Compensation

Nature/Nurture

Parenting

  • How to Raise an Assertive Child
    • PARENTING
    • April 1995
  • The Spoiled Child
    • LADIES HOME JOURNAL
    • May 1991
  • Raising Kids Who Care
    • LADIES HOME JOURNAL
    • December 1989
  • The New Discipline
    • LADIES HOME JOURNAL
    • November 1989
  • Suffer the Restless Children (*)
    • ATLANTIC MONTHLY
    • November 1989
  • Rethinking Discipline: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
    • GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING
    • May-June 1997

[For more: Unconditional Parenting (Atria Books, 2005)]

Parents and education

Pedagogy

  • A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
    • THE CONSTRUCTIVIST
    • Summer 1997
  • Offering Challenges, Creating Cognitive Dissonance
    • THE ACTIVE LEARNER [FIREFOX JOURNAL]
    • March and July 1997

[For more: The Schools Our Children Deserve (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)]

Play

Political issues

Posters

Preparation

Preschool. See Early Childhood Education

Privatization

  • NCLB and the Effort to Privatize Public Education
    • in Many Children Left Behind, ed. by D. Meier and G. Wood
    • (Beacon Press, 2004)

Profiles of (and interviews with) Alfie Kohn

  • Test Ban Entreaty
    • HOPE MAGAZINE
    • January/February 2004
  • Testing on Trial: Educator Alfie Kohn Speaks Out
    • CREATIVE CLASSROOM
    • January/February 2002
  • Crusader Argues School Reforms Hinder Learning
    • LOS ANGELES TIMES
    • Feb. 22, 2000
  • The Compassion Our Children Deserve: An Interview with Alfie Kohn
    • PATHS OF LEARNING
    • Winter 2000 [PDF]
  • A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
    • THE CONSTRUCTIVIST
    • Summer 1997
  • Rethinking Discipline: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
    • GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING
    • May-June 1997
  • Offering Challenges, Creating Cognitive Dissonance
    • THE ACTIVE LEARNER [FOXFIRE JOURNAL]
    • March and July 1997
  • The Trouble with Rewards: An Interview with Alfie Kohn
    • GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING
    • September – October 1994
  • The Case Against Rewards and Praise: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
    • HARVARD EDUCATION LETTER
    • March-April 1994

Progressive education. See also Pedagogy

[For more: The Schools Our Children Deserve (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)]

Prosocial behavior. See Caring

Psychological issues

Quantification. See Measurement

Questioning

  • Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
    • READER’S DIGEST
    • July 1992

[For more: You Know What They Say…: The Truth About Popular Beliefs (HarperCollins, 1990)

Reading

Research

Rewards and praise. See also Compensation

[For more: Punished by Rewards (Houghton Mifflin, 1993/1999)]

Rubrics

SAT

Satires & parodies

School choice. See Privatization

School safety

Self-discipline

Self-esteem

Standards and testing. See list of essays about standards and testing.

Student involvement

Teacher education

Teaching. See Pedagogy 

Television

Testing. See list of essays about standards and testing.

Uniforms

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