Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn¬†writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of fourteen books and hundreds of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time¬†magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”


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  • Second Thoughts About Community and “Empathy” - We’re too quick to ascribe neutrality to things that actually aren’t neutral at all. Standardized tests, for example, don’t provide anything like an objective “snapshot” of teaching and learning. Not only are they best at measuring relatively trivial intellectual capabilities, but administering them influences what gets taught, thereby distorting the results and corrupting the measure.1 . . . (Read More)

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