No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning

No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning Two Lectures by Alfie Kohn Stream both videos: $15 Stream Both Videos   Stream "No Grades" only: $10 Stream "No Grades" Stream "No Homework" only: $10 Stream "No Homework" This price is for personal use only. For public performance rights - or to inquire about purchasing a DVD copy of these videos ... Read More

The Roots of Grades-and-Tests

Introduction to De-Testing and De-Grading Schools: Authentic Alternatives to Accountability and Standardization, edited by Joe Bower and P.L. Thomas (Peter Lang Publishing, 2013) The Roots of Grades-and-Tests By Alfie Kohn Most of the contributions to this book focus on problems with either grades or tests.  In an article about college admissions published more than a decade ago, however, I suggested ... Read More

The Case Against Grades (##)

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP November 2011 The Case Against Grades By Alfie Kohn [This is a slightly expanded version of the published article.] "I remember the first time that a grading rubric was attached to a piece of my writing….Suddenly all the joy was taken away.  I was writing for a grade -- I was no longer exploring for me.  I want ... Read More

Getting Rid of Grades: Case Studies

Given that most schools still send home report cards with letter or number grades, and most teachers still put these letters or numbers on students’ individual assignments, you would never guess that most studies of the effects of grades find that they’re destructive in multiple ways.
For nearly a century, in fact, educators have been pointing . . . (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

Dewey, Piaget, and Frosted Mini Wheats

March 8, 2021 Dewey, Piaget, and Frosted Mini Wheats By Alfie Kohn In case you are not familiar with the cereal called Shredded Wheat, it is basically hay. Many of us who are members of the species Homo sapiens, rather than, say, Equus ferus, do not find hay appetizing, even when it is pressed into small packets and sold in ... 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