Articles

Arranged by Periodical

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Spotlight Articles

Educational Periodicals

Phi Delta Kappan

Education Week

Chronicle of Higher Education

Young Children

  • Fighting the Tests: Turning Frustration into Action
    • YOUNG CHILDREN
    • March 2001

American School Board Journal

  • The Goldilocks Paradox [excerpt from The Homework Myth]
    • AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL
    • February 2007
  • Raising the Scores, Ruining the Schools [excerpt from The Schools Our Children Deserve]
    • AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL
    • October 1999

School Administrator

  • Save Our Schools . . . from Business (viewpoint)
    • SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
    • October 1995

Educational Leadership [also see INTERVIEWS, below]

Principal Leadership [NASSP]

NewsLeader [NASSP]

Principal [NAESP]

Streamlined Seminar [NAESP]

    • The Worst Kind of Cheating
      • STREAMLINED SEMINAR (a publication of the National Association of Elementary School Principals)
      • Winter 2002-03 -- Vol. 21, No. 2

    High School Magazine

    District Administration

    Educational Horizons

    Independent School [also see INTERVIEWS, below]

    Independent Teacher

    English Journal

    Language Arts

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

    Schools: Studies in Education

    Rethinking Schools

    • Bad Signs [reprint of Kappa Delta Pi Record article]
      • RETHINKING SCHOOLS
      • Spring 2011
    • When ’21st-Century Schooling’ Just Isn’t Good Enough [reprint of District Administration article]
      • RETHINKING SCHOOLS
      • Spring 2009
    • The Tougher Standards Fad Hits Home
      • RETHINKING SCHOOLS
      • Fall 2006
    • Forward . . . Into the Past
      • RETHINKING SCHOOLS
      • Fall 1999

    Kappa Delta Pi Record

    Reaching Today’s Youth

    Instructor

    • Down With Homework
      • INSTRUCTOR
      • September 2006

    Learning Magazine

    Knowledge Quest

    Camping Magazine

    School Board News

    NAMTA Journal

    • The Schools Our Children Deserve: Helping Parents Understand the Rationale for Alternative Education
      • NAMTA JOURNAL
      • Winter 2007
    • Raising Children Who Care
      • NAMTA JOURNAL
      • Spring 2000
    • Beyond Bribes and Threats: How Not to Get Control of the Classroom
      • NAMTA JOURNAL
      • Winter 1998

    Journal of Teacher Education

    • Burnt at the High Stakes
      • JOURNAL OF TEACHER EDUCATION
      • vol. 51, no. 4September/October 2000

    Journal of Education

    Teacher Magazine

    • Joyless Endeavors [reprint of “Feel-Bad Education” in Education Week]
      • TEACHER MAGAZINE
      • November/December 2004
    • The ABCs of Caring
      • TEACHER MAGAZINE
      • January/February 1990
    • Human Nature’s Brighter Side
      • TEACHER MAGAZINE
      • June/July 1990

    ERIC Digest

    Cooperative Learning Magazine

    • Rewards in the ‘Real World': The Workplace, the Classroom, and the Status Quo
      • COOPERATIVE LEARNING MAGAZINE vol. 14, no. 2
      • 1994
    • The ABCs of Caring,
      • COOPERATIVE LEARNING MAGAZINE vol. 10, no. 3
      • 1990

    Cooperative Learning and College Teaching

    • Beyond the Traditional Classroom: From Degrading to De-Grading
      • COOPERATIVE LEARNING AND COLLEGE TEACHING
      • Spring 1994

    General Interest Periodicals

    New York Times

    Washington Post [also see INTERVIEWS, below]

    • Advice for Duncan (contribution to education forum)
      • WASHINGTON POST
      • January 12, 2009

    USA Today

    Boston Globe [partial listing]

    • No to More Standardized Testing
      • BOSTON GLOBE
      • January 26, 2001
    • Emphasis Belongs on Learning, Not Grades (on grade inflation)
      • BOSTON GLOBE
      • September 15, 1995 (*)

    The Nation [partial listing]

    The Atlantic Monthly

    Huffington Post

    American Health

    Health

    Reader’s Digest

    • Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
      • READER’s DIGEST
      • July 1992
    • You Know What They Say…
      • READER’S DIGEST
      • July 1988

    Psychology Today [partial listing]

    • After Happily Ever After
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • January-February 1989
    • Evidence for a Moral Tradition
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • January-February 1989
    • You Know What They Say…
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • April 1988
    • Girl Talk, Guy Talk
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • February 1988
    • Making the Most of Marriage
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • December 1987
    • It’s Hard to Get Left Out of a Pair (profile of Johnson brothers)
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • October 1987
    • Art for Art’s Sake (profile of Teresa Amabile)
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • September 1987
    • How to Succeed Without Even Vying
      • PSYCHOLOGY TODAY
      • September 1986

    Publishers Weekly

    Boston Magazine

    New England Monthly

    Boston Phoenix

    Women’s Sports & Fitness

    The Georgia Review

    Tikkun

    • The Real Threat to American Schools
      • TIKKUN
      • March/April 2001

    The Sondheim Review

    Brown Daily Herald

    Parenting Magazines

    Parents Magazine

    Parenting Magazine

    • How to Raise an Assertive Child (But Not an Aggressive One)
      • PARENTING MAGAZINE
      • April 1995

    Growing Without Schooling

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

    Ladies Home Journal

    • 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

    Family Circle

    Working Mother

    Business Magazines

    Harvard Business Review

    • Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work
      • HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
      • September-October 1993

    Compensation and Benefits Review

    Inc. magazine

    • Incentives Can Be Bad for Business
      • INC. MAGAZINE
      • January 1988
      • (For more business-related publications, please see the Rethinking Management page.) 

    Interviews and Profiles

    Educational Leadership

    Washington Post

    Hope Magazine

    Maclean’s

    American School Board Journal

    • Battling ‘Myths': A Q&A with Author Alfie Kohn [about homework]
      • AMERICAN SCHOOL BOARD JOURNAL
      • February 2007

    English Education

    Los Angeles Times

    • Crusader Argues School Reforms Hinder Learning
      • LOS ANGELES TIMES
      • Feb. 22, 2000

    Independent School

    Paths of Learning

    • The Compassion Our Children Deserve: An Interview with Alfie Kohn
      • PATHS OF LEARNING
      • Winter 2000

    Creative Classroom

    • Testing on Trial: Educator Alfie Kohn Speaks Out
      • CREATIVE CLASSROOM
      • January/February 2002

    Harvard Education Letter

    The Constructivist

    • A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
      • THE CONSTRUCTIVIST
      • Summer 1997

    Growing Without Schooling

    • Rethinking Discipline: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn
      • GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING
      • May-June 1997
    • The Trouble with Rewards: An Interview with Alfie Kohn
      • GROWING WITHOUT SCHOOLING
      • September-October 1994

    The Active Learner: A Foxfire Journal for Teachers

    • Offering Challenges, Creating Cognitive Dissonance
      • THE ACTIVE LEARNER: A FOXFIRE JOURNAL FOR TEACHERS
      • March and July 1997

    Book Chapters & Forewords

    • “Test Today, Privatize Tomorrow: Using Accountability to ‘Reform’ Public Schools to Death,” in The Assault on Public Education: Confronting the Politics of Corporate School Reform, edited by William Watkins (Teachers College Press, 2012)
    • Foreword to Turning Points: 27 Visionaries in Education Tell Their Own Stories, edited by Jerry Mintz and Carlo Ricci (Alternative Education Resource Organization, 2009)
    • “The Dangerous Myth of Grade Inflation,” in Grade Inflation: Academic Standards in Higher Education, edited by Lester H. Hunt (SUNY Press, 2008). [For a similar article, see this essay of the same name.]
    • “The Trouble with Pure Freedom: A Case for Active Adult Involvement in Progressive Education,” in The Directory of Democratic Education, 2nd ed., edited by Dana M. Bennis and Isaac R. Graves (Alternative Education Resource Organization, 2007)
    • Foreword to Psychology of Academic Cheating, edited by Eric M. Anderman and Tamera B. Murdock (Academic Press, 2006). [For a similar article, see “Who’s Cheating Whom?”]
    • Foreword to Rethinking Rubrics in Writing Assessment by Maja Wilson (Heinemann, 2006). [For a similar article, see “The Trouble with Rubrics.”]
    • “NCLB and the Effort to Privatize Public Education,” in Many Children Left Behind, edited by Deborah Meier and George Wood (Beacon Press, 2004). [For a similar article, see “Test Today, Privatize Tomorrow.”]
    • Foreword to Learning to Trust: Transforming Difficult Elementary Classrooms Through Developmental Discipline by Marilyn Watson (Jossey-Bass, 2003)
    • Foreword to What Happened to Recess and Why Are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? by Susan Ohanian (McGraw-Hill, 2002)
    • “Early Childhood Education: The Case Against Direct Instruction of Academic Skills,” in The Schools Our Children Deserve (Houghton Mifflin, 1999)
    • “A Look at Maslow’s Basic Propositions,” in Perceiving, Behaving, Becoming: Lessons Learned, edited by H. J. Freiberg (ASCD, 1999) (**)
    • [autobiographical] Foreword to What to Look for in a Classroom…And Other Essays(Jossey-Bass, 1998)
    • “Television and Children: ReViewing the Evidence,” in What to Look for in a Classroom… And Other Essays (Jossey-Bass, 1998) (*)
    • “The Trouble with Character Education,” in The Construction of Children’s Character – 96th Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, Part II, edited by A. Molnar (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997) [For a similar article, see “How Not to Teach Values.”]
    • “Cooperation: What It Means and Doesn’t Mean,” in Cooperation: Beyond the Age of Competition, edited by A. Combs (Gordon & Breach, 1992)