Beyond Discipline – (Book)

Beyond Discipline From Compliance to Community (Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 1996/2006) What is most remarkable about the assortment of discipline programs on the market today is the number of fundamental assumptions they seem to share. Some may advocate the use of carrots rather than sticks; some may refer to punishments as "logical consequences." But virtually all ... Read More

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

Beyond Discipline (*)

EDUCATION WEEK November 20, 1996 Beyond Discipline By Alfie Kohn A few years ago, I received a letter from a woman who was working on a book about a progressive educator. She said she was considering devoting a chapter of her manuscript to a discussion of a program called Assertive Discipline, which was at best only indirectly related to her ... Read More

Discipline Is The Problem — Not The Solution

LEARNING MAGAZINE October-November 1995 Discipline Is The Problem -- Not The Solution By Alfie Kohn When things in my classroom hit bottom, there were days when I was convinced that the kids stayed up nights plotting ways to make my life miserable. It was only later that I realized their disruptions were basically just intended to make the time pass ... Read More

The Trouble(s) with College

In Annie Hall, we’re reminded of the old joke in which a guest at a resort complains, “The food at this place is really terrible,” prompting her friend to reply, “I know! And such small portions!” Which leads me to propose the collegiate version: “Boy, the education you get at this school is really terrible….And . . . (Read More)

Civics Education — The Safe Kind and the Subversive Kind

Edit WASHINGTON POST December 23, 2018 Civics Education -- The Safe Kind and the Subversive Kind By Alfie Kohn [This is an expanded version of the published article, which was titled “How Should We Make Sure Our Kids Learn to Be Good Citizens?”] Some years ago, a group of teachers from Florida traveled to what was then the U.S.S.R. to ... Read More

The Why Axis

November 26, 2018 The Why Axis By Alfie Kohn It shouldn't be surprising that progressive teachers are often called upon to defend what they're doing. Sometimes they're asked reasonable questions by open-minded parents who simply don't understand: "Why don't you give tests?" "Why are the kids spending so much time in groups?" And sometimes they're challenged by people on a ... Read More

It’s Not About Behavior

EDUCATION WEEK September 5, 2018 It's Not About Behavior By Alfie Kohn Plenty of policies and programs limit our ability to do right by children. But perhaps the most restrictive virtual straitjacket that educators face is behaviorism -- a psychological theory that would have us focus exclusively on what can be seen and measured, that ignores or dismisses inner experience ... Read More

The Overselling of Gratitude

July 11, 2018 The Overselling of Gratitude By Alfie Kohn Being told that all of us should regularly take time to list the things we're grateful for sets my teeth on edge. It took me a while to figure out why. I realize that anyone who criticizes gratitude (really? gratitude??) risks being labeled not merely a contrarian but a curmudgeon, ... Read More

“…And I Turned Out Just Fine!”

March 21, 2018 ". . . And I Turned Out Just Fine!" By Alfie Kohn If you're going to question people's thinking, it's helpful to give them a couple of options: a gentle challenge in case they're easily unsettled and a more pointed challenge for those who don't mind really digging into their assumptions. Consider, for example, an announcement that ... Read More