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Date: Fri Apr 30 10:04:11 2004
Name: Bill Roy
E-mail: wroy@lcisd.org
Organization: Lamar Consolidated ISD Jane Long Elementary
Location: Richmond Texas
How the site
was found:
From article Five Reasons....Good Job
Comments: Why has it taken so long for the logic in your article to reach teachers..terrific insight...same approach should be taken for cheating and for enforcing school rules..once out of elementary, rules are ignored. by teachers and students..afraid to get parents upset



Date: Thu Apr 29 18:33:51 2004
Name: mary whybark
E-mail: marywhybarkdogs@yahoo.com
Organization: UAA student in education
Location: Anchorage Alaska
How the site
was found:
From reading your books and beign regquired to write a paper.
Comments: I have always felt that the main point of education was to encourgae people to be life long learners. I got that message even though I struggled all the way through the school system, a system today that would have not given me a diploma. Thanks for being a voice in the storm.



Date: Wed Apr 28 08:46:13 2004
Name: Sean McCarthy
E-mail: macthknyfe@hotmail.com
Organization: Lawrence High School
Location: Lawrence Massachusetts
How the site
was found:
through reading Kohn's books
Comments: Mr. Kohn's work and philosophy have been a significant influence in my own theory and practice within the classroom



Date: Tue Apr 27 19:25:52 2004
Name: Forrest
E-mail: fls@ku.edu
Organization:
Location: Lawrence, KS
How the site
was found:
Through Kohen
Comments: Some great work. Do you address special rewards to teachers? Our local school foundation gives a $10,000 reward to a teacher every year. The presentatioon of the award is a major production,lots of publicity, etc. My view is that out of 1500 teachers it is not possible for a Supt to select a "best" teacher for such an award. In addition it sets op unrealistic expectations and serves the needs of the people making the reward, engenders resentments, and even causes the awardee to feel embarrased. What are the positives and negatives from your research and experience?



Date: Mon Apr 26 07:06:06 2004
Name: D. Valentine
E-mail: dvalentine@mtmc.edu
Organization: Student
Location: Yankton, SD
How the site
was found:
Senior Seminar Presentation
Comments: As I begin my teaching career thank you for reminding me to "work with" my students and not "do to" my students.



Date: Thu Apr 22 06:19:04 2004
Name: Samantha Tarticchio
E-mail: samantht@deakin.edu.au
Organization:
Location: Melbourne, Australia
How the site
was found:
Search engine
Comments: I find your ideas very provocative and thought provoking. I am in my last year of teacher training, and also have two young children. I have been told that I should praise my children "good job" etc etc, but know need to rethink this parenting strategy. Thanks.



Date: Thu Apr 22 03:19:45 2004
Name: Lorna Walter
E-mail: waltl005@medway.org.uk
Organization: Sherwin Knight Community Infant School
Location: Kent England GB
How the site
was found:
google search
Comments: Use High/Scope principles in our school and the principle of no praise always raises eyebrows when we explain to other educators and parents! Found the conversation very interesting. It is so right. We no longer use rewards and use conflict resolution. Children are a delight!



Date: Wed Apr 21 07:54:48 2004
Name: Marion Hubbard
E-mail: marionhubbard404@hotmail.com
Organization: www.holisticeducator.com
Location: Brussels, Belgium
How the site
was found:
through AERO
Comments: Thank-you



Date: Sun Apr 18 04:54:11 2004
Name: Michael D. Ostrolenk
E-mail: netnews@comcast.net
Organization: Global Integral Solutions
Location: Washington DC
How the site
was found:
Paths of Learning Magazine
Comments: Our company supports social change initiatives, mostly in healthcare and energy. It has become clear to us that in order for the thinking to change in both of those areas we need to see the thinking change in the educucational system. We where very happy to come across Mr. Kohn's work and would like to offer our support for his efforts. Thank you, Michael D. Ostrolenk



Date: Wed Apr 14 14:26:25 2004
Name: kellen robinson
E-mail: kellen.robinson@colorado.edu
Organization: university of colorado student
Location: boulder, colorado
How the site
was found:
reading your books
Comments: thank you. your insite and expertise has given me the inspiration to major in the field of education.



Date: Wed Apr 14 07:26:23 2004
Name: george j corey
E-mail: gjc@vigoschools.org
Organization: teacher
Location: terre haute
How the site
was found:
heard you talk
Comments: thank you



Date: Sat Apr 10 15:29:57 2004
Name: Lisette Ramos-Voigt
E-mail: RamosVoigt@msn.com
Organization: High School Science
Location: St. Louis, MO
How the site
was found:
Looking for articles on Standardized testing
Comments: As I have been writing my last papers for the completion of my Ph.D., I have used some of Kohn's articles as my references to many ideas I agree with on the topics of education, testing and out public system. I first read articles written by Kohn in the Kappan. To find the website was a wonderful surprise and have enjoyed reading many of the articles from the site. I have enjoyed the last one on standarized testing and privatization of our schools in the April, 2004 Phi Delta Kappan. The paper I am currently writing is about the testing, it's usefulness, purpose, effects on the students, schools and community, alternative assessments and what the future holds.



Date: Fri Apr 9 10:32:11 2004
Name: Yvette Rios
E-mail: yvettemr@sbcglobal.net
Organization: Elementary Teacher
Location: Riverside, CA
How the site
was found:
Book: The Case Against Standardized Testing
Comments: What can I do to inform and rally others to take a stand against testing without losing my job? How much influence and flexibility does my district have in mandating, or not, the test taking? Isn't the state dictating what each district must do and holding them hostage with money?



Date: Thu Apr 8 21:56:45 2004
Name: Maria Cakderon
E-mail: m7calderon@hotmail.com
Organization: SXU Student
Location: Chicago
How the site
was found:
Standardized Testing Book
Comments: There is so much that needs revision in the education system!



Date: Thu Apr 8 14:28:37 2004
Name: Sue Smith
E-mail: suesmith@theinstitute.com
Organization: The Institute
Location: Madison, WI
How the site
was found:
Your sight found me
Comments: Is this really necessary?



Date: Wed Apr 7 09:45:35 2004
Name: Asaba Owerri
E-mail: homeboy_owerri_asaba@aba.us
Organization: Banking
Location: aba, lagos
How the site
was found:
from a friend
Comments: I love this page. It looks really nice. Keep it up.



Date: Mon Apr 5 21:29:36 2004
Name: sarah gann
E-mail: smanville@ameritech.net
Organization: Cleveland State University
Location: Cleveland OH
How the site
was found:
Watched one of your films in class
Comments: I was looking for information on your doctoral work and didn't see any. Where did you do your Ph.D. and what was the subject of your dissertation? Also, with which university are you affiliated?



Date: Sat Apr 3 21:31:47 2004
Name: Patrick Kwame Amihere
E-mail: amiherep@sltnet.lk
Organization: Human Rights Commission - Sri Lanka
Location: Sri Lanka
How the site
was found:
Comments: Good piece of work!!!!!!



Date: Sat Apr 3 13:36:22 2004
Name: John Snelgrove
E-mail: JKEN9800@att.net.
Organization: Parent
Location: MA
How the site
was found:
Link from an article
Comments: Alfie is a breath of fresh air. The standardized testing toxin thrust upon principals, teachers and students suffocates the innocence of learning!



Date: Fri Apr 2 21:34:08 2004
Name: Jessica Padilla
E-mail: jessykap1212@hotmail.com
Organization: student
Location: Arizona
How the site
was found:
Education Teacher
Comments: Enjoyed the articles!



Date: Fri Apr 2 21:33:50 2004
Name: Jessica Padilla
E-mail: jessykap1212@hotmail.com
Organization: student
Location: Arizona
How the site
was found:
Eduacation Teacher
Comments: Enjoyed the articles!



Date: Fri Apr 2 14:21:21 2004
Name: Matt Segall
E-mail: mjs6r@hotmail.com
Organization:
Location: Toronto
How the site
was found:
google
Comments: I'm hoping that this message somehow gets to Mr. Kohn, but I'm sure other people may be able to answer my questions. I'm almost finished reading Punished by Rewards right now, and the whole thing has totally blown my mind. I'm in that limbo stage right now - the time just after undergrad and just before graduate school - and I'm working hard to figure out what and where I want to study. I know for sure that I want to enter Clinical or School Psychology doctorate programs, but its a little difficult to find researchers whose interests match mine. I am wondering if anyone out there is investigation non-behaviorist interventions to improve behavior and learning in children with special needs. I have a particular interest in Autism, but also ADHD, ED, LD, and really any condition that makes it challenging for a child to be in a typical classroom setting. If you have any advice or insight for me, please email mjs6r@hotmail.com Thank you! - Matt Segall



Date: Tue Mar 30 11:54:52 2004
Name: Barbara Nichols
E-mail: nicholsr@peoplepc.com
Organization:
Location: Georgetown, SC
How the site
was found:
through my Dad
Comments: You will be speaking at Indiana State at a lecture named after my father. At the age of 93, he hopes to be in attendance. I do hope you will have time to personally talk with him - he remains a bright and involved person and looks forward to meeting you. As his proud daughter, I see him as a great example of a lifelong learner. Enjoy your time in Terre Haute - wish I could be there to hear you. Barb



Date: Fri Mar 26 00:46:57 2004
Name: c. coleman
E-mail:
Organization: Bachelor of Education student at University of Canberra
Location: ACT (Australian Capital Territory), Australia
How the site
was found:
It was referred to in the NSW (New South Wales) Dept Education website.
Comments: Thanks for access to your articles, and the further references therein. Very helpful.



Date: Thu Mar 25 19:45:35 2004
Name: Kit Loewen
E-mail: loewenk@stf.sk.ca
Organization: Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
Location: Saskatoon
How the site
was found:
Comments: Dear Alfie, It has been many months since I sent my original message of appreciation to you for your September 11 essay - and I am thinking of your work tonight as I finish a workshop for teachers on Commitment and Courage. I have referenced your earlier work on altruism, and its place in the "new commons". So, it is fine to be thinking about this again. I will be attending the Canadian Teachers' Federation Conference in Ottawa this May, and look forward to hearing you speak then and there. With best wishes (for ongoing courage and commitment!!) Kit Loewen Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation Saskatoon



Date: Wed Mar 24 13:45:01 2004
Name: alfie jones
E-mail: alfiejones9@bigblue.net.au
Organization: student
Location: gympie
How the site
was found:
on the net
Comments: Im interested in learning more about your project. I have read a little. I am studying for a Certificate III in Education Support. I have also attended a workshop by Dan and Linda Popov from Canada regarding building a "Culture of Character" beginning with this generation of children. I found it to be similar to "Choice Theory" but with a deeper moral base. I was curios about your ideas. thanks alfie



Date: Tue Mar 23 21:20:11 2004
Name: C Woolley
E-mail:
Organization: ECHO-Early Childhood Organization
Location: Nacogdoches TX
How the site
was found:
through college class
Comments:



Date: Tue Mar 23 04:47:28 2004
Name: Randy Taylor
E-mail: randytaylo30@hotmail.com
Organization: Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College
Location: St. Kitts-Nevis (Home Kim Collins)
How the site
was found:
As an Assessment specialist at the college I looked infromation using Google
Comments: Good reading



Date: Mon Mar 22 21:21:22 2004
Name: Carey Crocker
E-mail: ccrocker@ferndaleschools.org
Organization: Ferndale Schools
Location: MI
How the site
was found:
search
Comments: Glad I found this web site, wanted to learn more about how "reward systems" are harmful and what you had to say about high stakes testing.



Date: Mon Mar 8 08:38:54 2004
Name: Patricia R. Lang
E-mail: PYCRRCCF@aol.com
Organization: Teacher
Location: Grand Junction, Colorado
How the site
was found:
Comments: I am very disturbed by the tactics used by some teachers to manipulate students into taking our standardized test - CSAP- (SAP interesting when refering to this assessment) They do not want independent thinkers, they want everyone to fit into a nice little box. My granddaughter is a very independent thinker, and she is being harassed daily, because her mother mother and I made the decision that she was not to take the test. I find this totally unacceptable and unprofessional. Patricia R. Lang



Date: Sun Feb 29 08:23:41 2004
Name: Lisa Wilson
E-mail: wilsonlisa1@aol.com
Organization: EMCSD
Location: El Monte
How the site
was found:
Internet search
Comments:



Date: Sat Feb 28 14:32:49 2004
Name: Kevin Hemphill
E-mail: keskphbr@yahoo.co.jp
Organization: non-affiliated
Location: Tokyo
How the site
was found:
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/news/fog0000000215.html
Comments: I read one article that is linked from Joel on Software about how constantly resorting to rewards/incentives can undermine our morale. It made me reflect upon my own attitude to teaching which used to be centered around the students but has gradually become centered on my own benefits. I am constantly worried about job security/pay and conditions so I can not focus on the work. This in turn contributes to my declining morale. You have helped me to understand that in order to break out of this negative cycle I must refocus my energies on trying to enjoy the work once more. Sorry, bit of a ramble, but you have taught me something very important. Thank you.



Date: Fri Feb 27 11:05:17 2004
Name: Colleen O'Shell
E-mail: coshell@comcast.net
Organization: Cambridge Rindge & Latin School
Location: Cambridge, MA
How the site
was found:
web search
Comments:



Date: Tue Feb 24 11:54:17 2004
Name: Carroll Smith
E-mail: csmith@gardner-webb.edu
Organization: Gardner-Webb University
Location: Boiling Springs, NC
How the site
was found:
Already knew of it
Comments: I send my student teachers to your website to hear a different voice about grades and discipline. I also just printed off your article on what it means to be educated. For years now, I have said to people that we have been educated so long on behaviorism that we do not know that we do not know.



Date: Sun Feb 22 16:51:51 2004
Name: Dustin
E-mail: sarcasmicchasm@hotmail.com
Organization: n/a
Location: Ontario
How the site
was found:
quote from a Maclean's article "How Grades fail our kids"
Comments: I was reading "Five reasons to stop saying 'good job!' " and was hooked: not that it is a 'good' thing, but the effects that you explained describe me well. I'm glad to see all these alternative ideas about praise and teaching, as I truly don't agree with the current methods - because of personal experience. I can pass school with flying colours, but what I've actually learned is a little hazy...anyways, thanks for the read, can't wait to get to the rest!



Date: Fri Feb 20 17:58:33 2004
Name: Lucy Freeman
E-mail: bfree32000@yahoo.com
Organization: Homeschool Mom
Location: La Crosse, WI
How the site
was found:
Attended lecture for educators by Kohn
Comments: We recently removed our son from High School for several reasons. An unexpected result was the amazing and immediate change for the better in our relationship with him. I'm wondering if many of the bothersome traits we associate with teenagers are actually a result of their attendance, for so many hours a day, in places where they are bored, frustrated, demeaned and, for all practical purposes, imprisoned.



Date: Fri Feb 20 10:36:36 2004
Name: Magni Hjalmarsson
E-mail: magni@ismennt.is
Organization: Alftanesskoli
Location: Iceland
How the site
was found:
On Restitution-website in Canada
Comments: I have been reading some of your work. Hoping being able to use your ideas in my professional life as a teacher and school-counselor



Date: Thu Feb 19 18:31:56 2004
Name: S. Gita Merritt
E-mail: gitamerritt@comcast.net
Organization: parent
Location: Montclair NJ
How the site
was found:
WBAI
Comments: great work, I wish to eliminate testing in our schools.



Date: Thu Feb 19 09:57:30 2004
Name: Colin Shawyer
E-mail: csshawyer@rogers.com
Organization: Teacher - SCDSB
Location: Ontario, Canada
How the site
was found:
Not sure, but love it!
Comments: Thanks for all your insight into accountability and testing. Your books are great. I look forward to hearing you at the Canadian Teachers Federation Conference in Ottawa. Would like to hear more about your solutions to our schools problems.



Date: Mon Feb 16 02:18:38 2004
Name: Hanan Salto
E-mail: alfajores2001@yahoo.com
Organization: none
Location: Israel
How the site
was found:
read one of Alfie's books
Comments: for me, the most clear danger of our schools is the fixation on obedience they produce. after school ppl live their whole life without doubting and thinking about what they're doing and the meaning of their life simply because they got used to not thinking, but accepting the way things are because they've been told so over and over again.



Date: Fri Feb 13 06:30:39 2004
Name: Edmund Wong
E-mail: ragingkinezo@hotmail.com
Organization:
Location: Toronto, Ontario
How the site
was found:
Television lecture
Comments: I thought your lecture was absolutely fascinating and brought several good points to how competition can be disruptive to not only children but to society as a whole. The lecture was definitely inspired a new way of thinking. Thanks!



Date: Tue Feb 10 20:00:03 2004
Name: Nicki Dillman
E-mail: ndill@uwsp.edu
Organization:
Location: Wisconsin Rapids
How the site
was found:
looked it up
Comments: I am interested in the topic of standarized tests. I plan on being a teacher in the future and I think our government needs to improve a lot about education. I feel very strongly about the education in America. I heard a speech that Mr. kohn gave at my university. I thought it was very well done and very interesting



Date: Tue Feb 10 10:21:20 2004
Name: Peggy Davis
E-mail: davis_m03@firn.edu
Organization: Hillsborough County Public Schools
Location: Tampa, FL
How the site
was found:
USF
Comments: I'm interested in research re: using wall charts to post student names and placing stickers next to their names to represent their reading progress. Fair or not fair?



Date: Tue Feb 10 08:43:19 2004
Name: Dianne Woods
E-mail: diannewoods@primus.ca
Organization:
Location: Caledonia,Ontario, Canada
How the site
was found:
from book punished by rewards, owned by friend who is a teacher
Comments: Am interested in this material as I am studing the concept of conflict ( Master's Thesis) - the origins of it and non-destructive methods to solve conflict. The concept of lack (competition) seems to be the precursor of destructive conflict, concepts of abundance and collaboration appear to creatively resolve and reduce conflict. Like others who have left messages, competition and rewards has been a concept that I knew to be counter productive and destructive, I refuse to compete with others as I feel that my gain would be someone else's loss - this is really not a gain. If my gain is someone else's loss - I too have lost. Competion is based on fear of lack, collaboration based on knowledge/belief in abundance. I look forward to reading/learning more of this perspective.



Date: Tue Feb 10 00:08:11 2004
Name: Marilyn Swart
E-mail: mswart@triad.rr.com
Organization: Shining Mind School (Homeschool)
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
How the site
was found:
Grace Llewelln Book titled: Guerrilla Learning
Comments: I am typing a message from the Foreword of a book titled: Non-Violent Communication, by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD. The Foreword of this book is written by Arun Gandhi. She says: "It is not important that we come together in a moment of crisis and show our patriotism by flying the flag; it is not enough that we become a superpower by building an arsenal that can destroy this earth several times over; it is not enough that we subjugate the rest of the world through our military might, because peace can-not be built on the foundations of fear." Too much of our educational systems are built on fear. Lets shine the light of consciousness on places where we can hope to find what we are seeking. Free the kids. Free the world. Allow the positive within you and your children to emerge. Alfie Kohn, thanks for showing us the way... the way to freedom. In warmth and harmony, Marilyn Swart



Date: Sat Feb 7 23:00:30 2004
Name: Emily Filardo
E-mail: ekf1@comcast.net
Organization: Kean University
Location: Union, NJ 07083
How the site
was found:
A friend mentioned you have one
Comments: I have read some of your articles and most of "What to Look for..." and I love everything you write! I teach psychology at Kean University in NJ, and I assign your article on the Pizza Hut "Book-it" thing and an article in the NY Times from a few years ago about testing in my Gen'l Psych classes when we discuss operant conditioning. Thanks for your terrific work. Emily Filardo



Date: Sat Feb 7 17:13:04 2004
Name: Frances Agnes Johnson, Ph.D.
E-mail: Franjohnson5@AOL.com
Organization:
Location: Monahans, TX
How the site
was found:
Search on internet
Comments: Iwas told by a friend that I should read some of your books.



Date: Sat Feb 7 07:19:10 2004
Name: JAMES AREY
E-mail: JAREY@DIST214.K12.IL.US
Organization: ELK GROVE HIGH SCHOOL
Location: ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL
How the site
was found:
EDUCATIONAL JOURNALS
Comments: Thank you for supplying the fuel that allows me to fight the insanity within our school.



Date: Fri Feb 6 19:30:50 2004
Name: Les McAdams
E-mail: lmcadams@shaw.ca
Organization:
Location: Victoria BC canada
How the site
was found:
read the book
Comments: Thanks big time. I recently retired from public service, doing some consulting. I was recently asked to look at the issue of incentives and consequences in the context of performance agreements for a regional health authority. Finding you and your book serendipitous--what you have to say resonates with what senior managers in the health care system told me--their drivers are intrinsic--extrinsic incentives are meaningless...



Date: Thu Feb 5 13:29:41 2004
Name: Donald Mansell
E-mail: teacherernesto@yahoo.com
Organization:
Location: Washington
How the site
was found:
Name Seach
Comments: My senior project is on the role of competition within a school setting. Any suggestions



Date: Thu Feb 5 08:48:31 2004
Name: Kelly Purvis
E-mail: purviskelly@yahoo.com
Organization: Elementary School Teacher
Location: South Carolina
How the site
was found:
I heard about it during one of Alfie's lectures.
Comments: I read several of Alfie's books and articles and was transfixed. Then I heard him speak last weekend and wanted to stand up in my chair and cheer for almost every point he made. As an educator, I have been called a rebel for believing in what Alfie says. I consider it a compliment!



Date: Wed Feb 4 10:33:27 2004
Name: Fernando Cogley-Rolon
E-mail: fcogley@prtc.net
Organization: Cambridge College
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
How the site
was found:
book reference
Comments:



Date: Tue Feb 3 20:07:37 2004
Name: Ilian
E-mail:
Organization:
Location: Atlanta, GA/Ithaca,NY
How the site
was found:
google search
Comments: I admire Alfie for speaking up...now, will anyone listen? I am a teacher leaving a school system that claims to not use behavior modification and testing. I feel forced out of thispotentially wonderful system because the faculty and some parents cannot recognize academics if they don't take the form of homework, textbooks, tests resulting in high scores, and grades. I have a class of exceptional learners: they do not learn in the same way, or on the same curve as "regular" children - which I use here to children who can play the drill and test game well. But they do learn! Just not through these traditional methods. So I am seen as weak on academics because I meet the children where they are and move forward with them on *their* schedule. These children, like no others I have taught in the last 12 years, show how damaging any form of grading, including stars, is and how inappropriate testing and comparing scores to other children, classes or even a norm is.They show what a waste of time spelling lists and quizzes are. And yet the wise ones ordain that I must teach in this manner, even when I know it is wrong, because anything else is "poor teaching" and "doesn't challenge the children enough." But these children can think through a problem and express themselves like no others I have known. It breaks my heart!



Date: Mon Feb 2 17:48:03 2004
Name: pamela sachs
E-mail: pamela@sachs.net
Organization: clinician / post-grad student
Location: madison, CT
How the site
was found:
looking for it!
Comments: I need some assistance with a paper I am writing for a group counseling class. I will be writing a psychoeducational group program for a school on the ineffective use of rewards, incentives and bribes in the classroom. I was wondereing if anybody had any ideas about goals for the 12 week group I was writing about??? This is a mock psychoeducational group for all teachers in order to teach them appropriate ways to address the needs of students without stars, awards and little meaningless photocopied papers that state they have been caught doing something right. Any suggestions? Please email me at your convienience. Thanks



Date: Sun Feb 1 15:48:35 2004
Name: susan desocio
E-mail: mayarosesgrandma@aol.com
Organization: grandmother
Location: brooklyn, ny
How the site
was found:
wbai
Comments: I enjoyed what you had to say on wbai. I will be getting your book. My granddaughter will start school in September 2004, and quite frankly I am scared of what school might do to her.



Date: Sun Feb 1 11:29:24 2004
Name: Bill Stone
E-mail: bill.stone@nau.edu
Organization: Northern Arizona University
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
How the site
was found:
Looking for "Choices for Childre . . ." article
Comments: Alfie Kohn for President!!! Alfie's voice is a breath of fresh air in a world polluted with erroneous thinking about education! If only the rest of us could find a way to open the ears of ignorant people!!!



Date: Sat Jan 31 12:49:04 2004
Name: Dolores Schanne' Morisseau
E-mail: mordolores@aol.com
Organization: Self
Location: Reston, Virginia
How the site
was found:
I used a search engine
Comments: I picked up "No Contest" at a used bookstore here in Reston. Thank God I'm not nuts! I have been against competition for as long as I can remember. I refuse to get into the trap and I have been accused of being abnormal because I have no competitive spirit. I stopped dating a guy who was incapable of hiking on a trail unless he could beat the time in the Appalachian Trail Book! I am not a kid, by the way. I am a retired Human Factors Psychologist who has seen the very ugly side of competition and its effects on friendships, work relationships and productivity. I am in just he early pages of the book and it is clearly prophetic, which is very sad. Also, Hoorah for anyone who has the guts to nay-say behaviourism. I hated that more than any of the theories we were required to learn back in university and graduate school. Thanks for the web site!



Date: Thu Jan 29 22:04:21 2004
Name: miss tania
E-mail: de_little_princess@yahoo.co.uk
Organization: college
Location: mara university of technology
How the site
was found:
web searched
Comments: Hi! I am going to prepare a term project about "rewards"! I appreciate if you can share your opinion about rewarding employees.



Date: Thu Jan 29 17:35:02 2004
Name: pamela sachs
E-mail: pamela@sachs.net
Organization: clinician
Location: connecticut
How the site
was found:
typed in alfie kohn
Comments: I am interested in some information on running psychoeducational groups for parents in regards to appropriate parenting strategies, specifically in the style of Alfie Kohn.



Date: Tue Jan 27 08:10:28 2004
Name: Greg Netzer
E-mail: grnetze@kckps.org
Organization:
Location:
How the site
was found:
Comments: Hi Alfie, Quite frankly I didn't think I could read anything better than your foreword to the Ohanian book . However, your recent interview in Hope Magazine is absolutely remarkable. As usual, your message is on target, useful, and inspirational. Thanks so much for your voice of reason. Greg



Date: Sun Jan 25 18:16:37 2004
Name: Jacqueline Hendrix
E-mail:
Organization: College
Location: University of Alabama in Huntsville
How the site
was found:
Education Class assignment
Comments: I definitely find the cartoon depictions very interesting! I will be back on a later date to visit and research the website better.



Date: Sun Jan 25 09:01:38 2004
Name: Lance David
E-mail: ldavid@clcillinois.edu
Organization: College of Lake County
Location: Grayslake, IL
How the site
was found:
Journal reference
Comments: I am a doctoral student planning on doing my dissertation on some aspect of the relationship of grades to learning. It seems there are more studies on the negative effects of grades than to the reasons we still use them so much. I may end up doing a study of alternatives.



Date: Sat Jan 24 07:47:31 2004
Name: Kyungmy Kim
E-mail: mskim57@dreamwiz.com
Organization:
Location: Germantown, MD
How the site
was found:
Korean Newsletter
Comments: I'd like to share with you Koreans wrong education fever. They are crazy and out -of - mind for every test preparation, such as magnet program test, math test, SAT, MCAT, CPA, American Lawyer Test so on. It's a booming in Korea and Korean commuity in US, Canada, Newzeland that Korean Immigrants' super Ginat TEST-PREP- SCHOOL business. They teach regular public school carriculum ahead and train kids for test and even they make their own predicted sample tests. These prep school or academic school trains kids test -taking-machines. Now even in Seoul, Korea,nation's high ranking students yield Korean High School carriculum, and only focus to American college test prep. and lot of them mark a very high record. Special magnet school such as Foreign Language H.S. or Science H.S. and some private schools filter kids among middle school and train them by American cariculum ay interested college group for 3 years. Kids who wants to come to America are being cultivated and trained by invited Native English teacher, Korean math teacher, IVY league graduates. I think that these trends should be reconsidered and restricted by American College Board. I do agree with you on real education shouldn't be ranked by standarized test results.



Date: Fri Jan 23 20:19:35 2004
Name: Lynda Wulkan
E-mail: lwulkan@sympatico.ca
Organization:
Location: Toronto
How the site
was found:
Comments: Last year I volunteered at a school and helped grade 2 students learn to read. I thought that they would enjoy getting stickers for every book they read, so I started a reward program. From the day I implimented the program something felt wrong in my heart. I noticed right away that the children became more concerned with the stickers than the reading, and I did not like the feeling of having the control of when the students got the stickers. I noticed that they became dependent for my approval. A few weeks later I saw "Punished by Rewards" in a book store. The title intrigued me so I bought it. I am so thankful that I did because it helped me to understand all that is wrong with rewards. I am looking forward to reading "The Schools Our Children Deserve" to learn more about issues concerning classroom management. I am currently a teacher candidate at the University of Toronto, and am hoping that I will be able to set up a non-punative method of disipline when I have my own classroom. Thank you, Mr. Kohn, for your work.



Date: Fri Jan 23 11:47:32 2004
Name: Randy Alaga
E-mail: mrcerebral@yahoo.com
Organization: high school teacher
Location: Carmel Valley, California
How the site
was found:
searched on Alfie Kohn
Comments: I am a fan of Alfie and his beliefs. I own and have read all of his books. I am leaving this message as a thanks for his quick and thorough response to a few questions of mine. I emailed the questions last night and had a response in my box this morning. That was amazing for such a busy man. Thank you for your knowledge and support Alfie.



Date: Wed Jan 21 19:56:33 2004
Name: Andrew Weltchek
E-mail: weltchek@marcusattorneys.com
Organization:
Location: South Orange, NJ
How the site
was found:
google
Comments: I was struck by your letter to Harper's responding to John Taylor Gatto's article about public schools. I have admired your work for some time but found your letter's opening puzzling. I think Taylor opposes compulsory schooling, not free public education. Why can't schools be more like libraries and less like prisons? And if we fear that unless children are made to go to school they will be forced to go somewhere worse, sweatshops, for instance, then let's regulate that and stop lying about the true nature of compulsory schooling. Anyway, here is an excerpt from James Herndon's "How to Survive in Your Native Land" (Simon & Schuster 1971) that says it better than I can, and which, up til now, I thought was consistent with your writings. - Andy Weltchek "Of course I have forgotten to tell you again, what you already know. That is that the fundament of the school, even before winners and losers, is that everyone has to got to go there. "Even if you are rich or have eccentric or far-out parents and go to private schools or invent free schools for yourself, you still deal with public school. But in any case most of you are not or have not any of the above. You must go to school. "If kids in America do not go to school, they can be put in jail. If they are tardy a certain number of times, they may go to jail. If they cut enough, they go to jail. If their parents do not see that they go to school, the parents may be judged unfit and the kids go to jail. "You go to jail. All of the talk about motivation or inspiring kids to learn or innovative courses which are relevant is horseshit. It is horseshit because there is no way to know if students really are interested or not. No matter how bad the school is, it is better than jail. Everyone knows that, and the school knows it especially. A teacher comes into the teachersí room and says happily, I had the greatest lesson today! and goes on to tell the other envious teachers what it was that they hadnít thought of themselves and says, The kids were all so excited! It is horseshit. The teacher has forgotten (as I forgot) that the kids have to be there or they will go to jail. Perhaps the grant lesson was merely more tolerable than the usual lesson. Perhaps the kids would have rejected both lessons if they could. "That is why the school cannot ever learn anything about its students. Why famous psychologists can successfully threaten pigeons into batting ping-pong balls with their wings, but can never learn anything about pigeons. "As long as you can threaten people, you canít tell whether or not they really want to do what you are proposing that they do. You canít tell if they are inspired by it, you canít tell if they learn anything from it, you canít tell if they would keep on doing it if you werenít threatening them. "You cannot tell. You cannot tell if the kids want to come to your class or not. You canít tell if they are motivated or not. You canít tell if they learn anything or not. All you can tell is, theyíd rather come to your class than go to jail."



Date: Mon Jan 19 15:44:38 2004
Name: Jenny
E-mail: sesta.jennifer.j@edumail.vic.gov.au
Organization:
Location: Melbourne Australia
How the site
was found:
search
Comments: What a brilliant thinker you are! How refreshing being able to read about such incredible insights into 'what' education should actually be - placing children at the centre of 'their' learning and as adults relinquishing notions of 'being in control' and 'trusting' children to demonstrate responsibility. When will our policy makers get it?! When will they invest the countless billions in education that is so willingly handed over to 'defence'? I have downloaded several articles and will continue to search your website with much enthusiasm. PLEASE come to Melbourne - we need your wonderful insights and experiences to inspire educators here! Thanks and regards Jenny Sesta (primary school teacher)



Date: Mon Jan 19 11:11:17 2004
Name: Susanne Driscoll
E-mail: susdriscoll@cs.com
Organization: Skagit Valley College
Location: Mount Vernon, Washington
How the site
was found:
Beyond Discipline
Comments: I'm just getting started and love your work. I'm looking to read "The Truth About Self-Esteem" among other things. Can you help me locate this essay?



Date: Sun Jan 18 11:07:37 2004
Name: Dawn Coffin
E-mail: dawn_coffin@places.pinellas.k12.fl.us
Organization: Pinellas County Schools
Location: Clearwater Florida
How the site
was found:
Comments:



Date: Thu Jan 15 19:03:09 2004
Name: Curtis Stanzel
E-mail: curtisstanzel@hotmail.com
Organization: Queen's University
Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
How the site
was found:
Education Program presentations
Comments: Alfie's argument against standardized testing should be required reading for educators. (Perhaps Alfie could develop a standardized test on the issue. Kidding!)



Date: Tue Jan 13 21:05:37 2004
Name: BL
E-mail:
Organization: retired elementary school art teacher
Location: North Carolina
How the site
was found:
Hope magazine article on Alfie Kohn
Comments: Thank you thank you for your work. As a former teacher , as a former student with many test anxieties, as an adult diagnosed in my 40's with learning difficulties including a significant level of ADD trouble, I so appreciate your caring so much for the spirits of children. There's nothing so awful as being afraid throughout school, and knowing you're smart but seeing that you can't seem to perform. That's hard enough as an adult. I appreciate too reading about people from education who want to make the world easier for children. You remind me of my reasons for becoming a teacher. Sincerely- bL



Date: Mon Jan 12 17:34:33 2004
Name: T.H.
E-mail:
Organization: California Public School
Location: California
How the site
was found:
Comments: The Schools Our Children Deserve, is a book that describes every frustrated, angry feeling I have towards school reform. I'd just gone through a tough week as a first grade teacher in an elementary school. I had just been repremanded for my score reports, and had been asked to take out some valuable hands on activities because of "the time wasted by passing out paper and glue". I was told that every minute counts towards standards based education, and the children would have benefited more from a worksheet, or pencil and paper activity. I left on the weekend feeling glum, and returned on Monday filled with much more hope after reading Alfie's book. Thank you.



Date: Sat Jan 10 18:16:23 2004
Name: Donalyn Vaughn
E-mail: dvaughn085@yahoo.com
Organization:
Location: Georgia
How the site
was found:
web search
Comments: Thank you for being a voice of reason. I am a public school teacher facing the pressure of increasing test scores. I see the frustration of students daily as they are forced to spend more time memorizing facts and less and less time exploring and actually learning. It's not just the students who are losing enthusiasm, but the teachers as well. Good teachers are questioning what they know works and instead resorting to a "teach to the test" mentality. In this present political climate, the tide looks unlikely to shift for quite a while. Thank you for encouraging those of us who still see our jobs as fostering life-long learning.



Date: Fri Jan 9 14:01:01 2004
Name: Elise Trumbull
E-mail: etrumbu@wested.org
Organization: WestEd
Location: Oakland, CA
How the site
was found:
googled it
Comments: Dear Alfie, I met you many years ago at the Child Development Center (I don't expect you to remember). Meantime a couple of years ago I co-edited a book on grading and cited you a lot. Now I have just read about a book by James Zull (The Art of the Changing Brain: Enriching the Practice of Teaching....2002). Zull's work shows that the brain is hard-wired to prefer intrinsic rewards! Maybe you've seen his stuff, but I HAD to let you know. Elise Trumbull Senior Research Associate Culture and Language in Education



Date: Thu Jan 8 20:06:13 2004
Name: Wendy Hueter
E-mail: mswendykd@aol.com
Organization:
Location:
How the site
was found:
referral from Lisa Murphy
Comments:



Date: Tue Dec 30 22:08:53 2003
Name: ray Reinertsen
E-mail: rreinert@staff.uwsuper.edu
Organization: Univ Wisc at Superior
Location: Superior WI
How the site
was found:
researching 'Goals' from Syeven Hein's page
Comments: I will look over your stuff and see how I can use it in some of my classes. Have you any ieas on teaching students with ADD?



Date: Fri Dec 19 14:40:44 2003
Name: Paula Varner
E-mail: PVarner@cloverpark.k.12.wa.us
Organization: Clover Park School Districe
Location: Lakewood, Washington
How the site
was found:
via stephen Krashen seminar
Comments: Looking for current research about ELL students concerning reading and special education



Date: Thu Dec 18 09:29:19 2003
Name: Jennifer
E-mail: LBJ@aol.com
Organization: Parent
Location: Washington, D.C.
How the site
was found:
I've been a fan of Alphie Kohn for years
Comments: Some quick statements from the world of incentives and rewards: My daughter is a sixth grader at a GT Center. We switched her from private to public last year. Here are some observations: 1. The parents were invited in to help plan a colonial crafts day. The children would go from station to station where they would make a craft.The teacher announced that the kids would be graded based on whether they completed all the crafts. After all, she told us, kids always do better with the threat of a bad grade, and if this incentive were not dangled,they would chat in the hallway instead of participating. Please someone tell this teacher that in fact the opposite is true. Children generally love hands on learning and would naturally eagerly participate. My daughter who loves art and likes taking a lot of time, didn't finish and got a B. As a parent volunteer, I overheard some kids advising each other to hurry through each station so they could an A. 2. The children were taken out to recess. The teacher warned them that if anyone stepped on the ice, they would all lose their recess. Two boys stepped on the ice, and the entire class was forced to go inside. 3. Last year the students were given a large history assignment to complete. Each activity is worth a certain amount of points. The more points, the higher the total grade. My daughter spent considerable time on a story. She is a talented writer and put much effort into her fiction. As a result, she did not finish and her grade was lower. She later lamented to me that she should never have picked a story because that was only worth 12 points. My heart sunk. These children are conditioned early not to love what they do, but go for the most points in the least amount of time! Yes, my child could have picked other activities that were easier and less time consuming for a higher grade. No wonder the writing has gotten so mediocre out there. 4. My friend's daughter doesn't spell very well. Her 5th grade public school teacher didn't bother with it all year because it wasn't on the SOL. 5. My daughter's school provides art only once every two weeks. Why? You guessed it. It's not on the SOL. Actually, they may as well not even bother. This art teacher tells the children exactly how to paint and draw. They must follow rigid instructions and they are not permitted to come up with their own ideas. Why? Because kids need to learn to follow directions and listen. The ones they try feebly to come up with their own activity and rebuked and threatened with a C. I could go on and but I've already taken too much time.



Date: Wed Dec 17 09:11:08 2003
Name: Rick Overton
E-mail: taos97@msn.com
Organization: Poudre School District
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
How the site
was found:
In the book jacket of "Punished By Rewards"
Comments: I have been an avid reader of your books for several years now and as a classroom teacher in Special Education I have been talking, writing, leading in service trainings and serving on committees in hopes of engaging administrators in discussions of positive change regarding classroom management and discipline. Thanks for all your efforts, writings and continued research!



Date: Tue Dec 16 13:02:15 2003
Name: Denise Brown
E-mail: brownde@friscoisd.org
Organization: Frisco ISD
Location: Frisco, Texas
How the site
was found:
Stephen Krashen lecture
Comments:



Date: Sat Dec 13 18:56:26 2003
Name: Joel Karchmer
E-mail: Joelkarchmer@comcast.net
Organization: Los Angeles Unified School District (student teacher)
Location: Los Angeles, California
How the site
was found:
student teacher handbook of sites to visit regarding student discipline
Comments:



Date: Sat Dec 13 09:38:17 2003
Name: sarıgŁl ağbaba
E-mail: e123521@metu.edu.tr
Organization: Middle East Technical University
Location: Ankara, Turkey
How the site
was found:
I try
Comments: Hi, i want to see detailed information about your discipline model in this web site. I am a junior at the department of Early Childhood Education and i am going to prepare a term project that require to be familiar with your discipline model. Thank You!!



Date: Thu Dec 11 10:06:44 2003
Name: Pamela G. Kowan
E-mail: pgk100@aol.com
Organization: Phi Delta Kappa & Atlanta Public Schools
Location: Atlanta, GA
How the site
was found:
searched the internet
Comments: I have taken several classes/workshops from you and I just wanted to drop a line and thank you for the changes the ideas made in my teaching style. NO MORE REWARDS! It has been about 10 years and I won speech pathologist of the year for the state of Georgia because of my "innovative teaching style." I was one of the nonbelievers at first but now I preach your method to all who will listen.



Date: Wed Dec 10 23:54:37 2003
Name: Leroy Ellis
E-mail: lellis4210@comcast
Organization: Student Teacher
Location: Tacoma WA
How the site
was found:
College assignment using Kohn as the topic
Comments: Thank you for telling the truth about what is wrong with some the rewards systems use in schools. It is all about competing and the consequences of that lost. What about the students with special needs who can not compete on a even playing field, how do you think they feel? Does Inadequate ring a bell. Thank you Sir for your inspiring words and encouragement to keep on doing the right thing and that is caring about your students and parents by getting to know them and providing for their needs.



Date: Tue Dec 9 21:07:33 2003
Name: Elise Thrap
E-mail:
Organization: BYU-Idaho
Location: Rexburg, ID
How the site
was found:
given to me by my education teacher
Comments: I am doing an argumentative essay about how more thought should have gone into the No Child Left Behind Act. This site gave me a lot of information to use as part of my argument.



Date: Fri Dec 5 22:59:13 2003
Name: Larissa Cosenza
E-mail: Onyx801@aol.com
Organization: Adelphi University
Location: Garden City
How the site
was found:
www.enc.org
Comments: I am a student at Adelphi University and I was researching the opposition of standardized testing. Alfie Kohn's articles are brilliant and really put the truth about standards out there for everyone to see. It was very motivational to become active in my beliefs about the issue. Thanks!



Date: Fri Dec 5 14:21:09 2003
Name: George Nkeze Jingwa
E-mail: gnkeze@yahoo.com
Organization: Salesian Community
Location: Salesian University - Rome
How the site
was found:
Professor Mario Cogmolio - and the book on Building Classroom Discipline by Charles Cm
Comments: Admirer of the writings of Kohn. Read No Contest: The case against Competito. Would like to purchase his recent works. I am researching on Cooperative Learning - its implementation in Cameroon (my country.)



Date: Wed Dec 3 08:01:28 2003
Name: jessica sains
E-mail:
Organization:
Location: mia, fl
How the site
was found:
i am doing a report against the fcat for a grade in school . wer
Comments:



Date: Tue Dec 2 19:59:24 2003
Name: Kay Jones
E-mail: kay@kaatts.com
Organization: Mactom, Inc.
Location: Brookings, OR
How the site
was found:
via Susan Ohanian's website
Comments: Just read your foreword in Susan Ohanian's new book, What Happened to Recess and Why are our Children Struggling in Kindergarten? Thanks for your important, sensible message to parents about the testing craze: Don't let your children participate.


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