Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of twelve books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Kohn's criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." Certainly quite a character!
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"Kids learn to make good decisions by making decisions not by following directions"
"My #1 criterion is: what is the effect on kids' enthusiasm about learning, their intrinsic motivation, their disposition to learn, their desire to read, play with numbers and ideas. If we took that seriously, where it is not just about achievement, let alone test scores, but it is really about the attitude that kids take with them life long, about learning itself that drives the achievement..."
Day of Learning: Alfie Kohn from Knowledgeworks on Vimeo.