The Downside of “Grit” (Commentary)

WASHINGTON POST April 6, 2014 The Downside of "Grit" What Really Happens When Kids Are Pushed to Be More Persistent? By Alfie Kohn [This is an expanded version of the published article, which appeared in the Post's Sunday "Outlook" section.  It has been adapted from chapter 7 of The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting.] ... Read More

Falls Church School Won’t Teach to the Test

Washington Post Tuesday, October 12, 2004; Page B01 Falls Church School Won't Teach to the Test By Marc Fisher Teachers grumble and moan about how politicians' love affair with tests has turned education into a grim mission to teach creative young minds how to darken the ovals completely and neatly. Parents complain about the lost arts and athletics, the exciting ... Read More

Education’s Different Drummer

WASHINGTON POST January 9, 2001 Education's Different Drummer Alfie Kohn Is Marching Against Standardized Learning, and He Has Gained a Nationwide Following By Jay Mathews Washington Post Staff Writer One day in 1967, a sweet-faced, bespectacled fifth-grader at Leroy D. Fienberg Elementary School in Miami Beach was given a class assignment. No one remembers what it was about, which is ... Read More