What to look for in a classroom: and other essays

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Jossey-Bass, Sep 8, 1998 - Education - 289 pages
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"Alfie Kohn has a knack for bursting the bubbles that surround just about every school topic imaginable, from putting kids into uniforms to make them behave better to raising kids' self-esteem by rewarding them with stickers and pizza for reading books and doing homework. This collection of previously published essays reminds us that many schools have veered off course in their day-to-day business. And it's a primer that, if taken seriously, can put schools back on the right track."

--Educational Leadership Through his writings and speeches, Alfie Kohn has been stirring up controversy for years, demonstrating how the conventional wisdom about education often isn't supported by the available research, and illuminating gaps between our long-term goals for students and what actually goes on in schools. Now What to Look for in a Classroom brings together his most popular articles from Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, and Education Week--and also from The Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Globe, and other publications.

From self-esteem to school uniforms, from grade inflation to character education, Kohn raises a series of provocative questions about the status quo in this collection of incisive essays. He challenges us to reconsider some of our most basic assumptions about children and education. Can good values really be instilled
in students? What, if anything, lies behind the label of attention deficit disorder? Are there solid data to support our skepticism about watching TV? Might such allegedly enlightened practices as authentic assessment,
logical consequences,
and Total Quality education
turn out to be detrimental? Whether he is explaining why cooperative learning can be so threatening or why detracking is so fiercely opposed, Kohn offers a fresh, informed, and frequently disconcerting perspective on the major issues in education.

In the And, his critical examination of current practice is complemented by a vision of what schooling ought to be. Kohn argues for giving children more opportunity to participate in their own schooling, for transforming classrooms into caring communities, and for providing the kind of education that taps and nourishes children's curiosity. Through all these essays, Kohn calls us back to our own ideals, showing us how we can be more effective at helping students to become good learners and good people.

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User Review  - Cortney - Goodreads

I don't agree with everything Alfie Kohn says, but I like his alternative perspective on educational philosophies. I particularly enjoyed his essays on external rewards, and how they tend to hinder ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jonna - Goodreads

This is the usual stuff from Alfie Kohn, but the usual stuff is always fresh and thought-provoking. He has several great essays on why "character education" and structured "discipline" programs are ... Read full review

Contents

The Limits of Teaching Skills
3
Beyond Discipline
11
Making Sense
47
Copyright

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About the author (1998)

ALFIE KOHN is a former teacher who now writes and speaks widely on education, human behavior, and social theory. His five previous books include Punished by Rewards and Beyond Discipline. In addition to working with educators across the country and abroad, he lectures to researchers, parents, and managers.

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