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)

Is It Enough for Learners to Be “Engaged”?

September 30, 2022 Is It Enough for Learners to Be "Engaged"? By Alfie Kohn "To enhance achievement, one must first learn how to engage students." That challenge by Fred Newmann, emeritus professor of education at the University of Wisconsin,1 could serve as the motto for an entire movement by thoughtful theorists, researchers, and practitioners in the field. And it makes ... Read More

Why Feedback Often Doesn’t Help

EDUCATION WEEK September 21, 2022 Why Feedback Often Doesn't Help By Alfie Kohn [This is an expanded version of the published article, which was given a different title.] A lot of people make a living by offering advice about how teachers should give feedback to students -- or how administrators should give feedback to teachers. Unfortunately, a body of compelling ... Read More

The Case Against Homework

FAMILY CIRCLE October 2012 The Case Against Homework By Alfie Kohn   After spending all day in school, our children are forced to begin a second shift, with more academic assignments to be completed at home. This arrangement is rather odd when you stop to think about it, as is the fact that few of us ever do stop to ... Read More