Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated (#)

PHI DELTA KAPPAN November 2008 Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within By Alfie Kohn Para leer este artículo en Español, haga clic aquí Pour lire cet article en français, cliquer ici. For an extended and updated discussion of this topic, please see chapter 7 of the book The Myth of the Spoiled Child. If there is ... Read More

Who’s Cheating Whom? (#)

PHI DELTA KAPPAN October 2007 Who’s Cheating Whom? By Alfie Kohn An article about cheating practically writes itself. It must begin, of course, with a shocking statistic or two to demonstrate the pervasiveness of the problem, perhaps accompanied by a telling anecdote or a quotation from a shrugging student (“Well, sure, everyone does it”).   This would be followed by a ... Read More

Introduction to What to Look for in a Classroom … and Other Essays

San Francisco Jossey-Bass, 1998 Introduction to What to Look for in a Classroom … and Other Essays By Alfie Kohn From 1979 until 1985, I taught a course on existentialism to high school students.  It was not my only teaching experience but it was far and away my favorite.  Between terms, I fine-tuned the reading list and perfected the lectures, looking ... Read More

The Truth About Self-Esteem (*)

PHI DELTA KAPPAN December 1994 The Truth About Self-Esteem By Alfie Kohn The very act of "debating" a controversial issue tends to reduce the number of possible positions to two. This facilitates an adversarial encounter, which is embedded in the traditional notion of a debate. Consider the question of whether schools should try to help students feel better about themselves. ... Read More

Choices for Children: Why and How to Let Students Decide (*)

PHI DELTA KAPPAN September 1993 Choices for Children Why and How to Let Students Decide By Alfie Kohn The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a ... Read More