Parental Discipline and Race

From the Appendix ("Parenting Styles: The Relevance of Culture, Class, and Race") to Unconditional Parenting (Atria Books, 2005) Copyright © 2005 by Alfie Kohn Parental Discipline and Race By Alfie Kohn ....Needless to say, differences in discipline styles occur not only across cultures but among groups within a single culture, particularly when we’re talking about a complex modern society such ... Read More

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

When Racism Isn’t the Only Problem

I’ve been thinking lately about policies that are multiply flawed. Drilling for oil in the Arctic Refuge is a bad idea not only because it threatens wildlife but also because it exacerbates the climate crisis. Diverting taxpayer funds to religious schools undermines public education while simultaneously breaching the wall between church and state. You get . . . (Read More)

The Progressive Teacher’s Role in the Classroom

May 3, 2021 The Progressive Teacher's Role in the Classroom What Active Adult Involvement Does and Doesn't Entail By Alfie Kohn According to Michael Harrington and many other scholars, a careful reading of Marx's work makes it clear that he "regarded democracy as the essence of socialism." Soviet-style Communism, by contrast, corrupted socialism "by equating it with a totalitarian denial ... Read More

Foreword to Ungrading

Foreword to Ungrading 2020 Foreword Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead), edited by Susan D. Blum (West Virginia University Press, 2020) By Alfie Kohn Three concepts emerged independently in different fields: quantum leaps (in particle physics), punctuated equilibrium (in evolutionary biology), and paradigm shifts (in the history of science). All converge on the revelation that ... Read More

All of Us Are Smarter Than Any of Us

September 23, 2020 All of Us Are Smarter Than Any of Us By Alfie Kohn The Western conception of the person as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe, a dynamic center of awareness, emotion, judgment, and action organized into a distinctive whole and set contrastively against both other such wholes and against its social and ... Read More

Autism and Behaviorism

January 21, 2020 Autism and Behaviorism New Research Adds to an Already Compelling Case Against ABA By Alfie Kohn When a common practice isn't necessary or useful even under presumably optimal conditions, it's time to question whether that practice makes sense at all. For example, if teachers don't need to give grades even in high school (and if eliminating grades ... Read More