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PUNISHED BY REWARDS: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A compelling argument that the use of rewards is counterproductive in raising children, teaching students, and managing workers. Kohn (The Brighter Side of Human Nature, 1990, etc.) contends that rewards, like punishments, are methods of controlling people—perhaps a morally objectionable goal—and that, at best, they produce only temporary compliance. He begins by tracing the development of ... Read full review

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This is the worst kind of non-scientific drivel. Anyone with a modicum of behavioral science knowledge can drive a truck through the holes of this premise.

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Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Leanna Aker - Goodreads

So, I admit, I put this on my list because as a doctoral student in education, I feel I should have read this book. I did not dig Daniel Pink's Drive, which is a similar premise. However, this book ... Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

The overarching premise of this book is that rewarding people can actually decrease the desired behavior. When people are manipulated by "if you do [x], then you get [y]" type rewards, the extrinsic ... Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Joseph Green - Goodreads

A great book making the case against rewarding kids with material things. Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Emily - Goodreads

Gotta love Kohn and his anti-behavioralist stance on punishment and rewards. I know I do :) This one could have been said in fewer words though, or I would have given five stars. Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Elizabethe - Goodreads

Everyone in America should read Part 1 of this book. This book was written in 1993 and revised in 1999, but it is still very influential and the culture Kohn argues against is still pervasive. Kohn's ... Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Magnus Siverbrant - Goodreads

This is an important book. And it challenges one prominent "common sence" that are driving behaviors we se around us everyday. The case for why the practice of "if you do this then you will get that ... Read full review

Review: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

User Review  - Erin - Goodreads

This was a tough one for me to get through. I'm stubborn and like to finish what I start. I did get some good info from it, and tried to be open-minded. I always struggle with "all or nothing" point ... Read full review

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