By Alfie Kohn
Mind-opening writing on what teenagers want from institution, from one among education’s so much outspoken voices
Arguing that our colleges are presently within the grip of a “cult of rigor”—a confusion of more durable with greater that threatens to banish either pleasure and significant highbrow inquiry from our classrooms—Alfie Kohn matters a stirring name to reconsider our priorities and re-examine our practices.
Kohn’s most modern wide-ranging number of writings will upload to his acceptance as probably the most incisive thinkers within the box, who questions the assumptions too usually taken without any consideration in discussions approximately schooling and human behavior.
In nineteen lately released essays—and in a great advent, new for this volume—Kohn time and again invitations us to imagine extra deeply concerning the traditional knowledge. Is strength of will continuously fascinating? he asks, bringing up magnificent proof on the contrary. Does educational dishonest unavoidably point out an ethical failing? may well inspirational posters quite often stumbled on on tuition partitions (“Reach for the stars!”) replicate traumatic assumptions approximately young children? may perhaps using rubrics for comparing pupil studying turn out counterproductive?
Subjecting kids to homework, grades, or standardized tests—merely simply because these items may be required of them later—reminds Kohn of Monty Python’s “getting hit at the head lessons.” And, with tongue firmly in cheek, he publicizes that we must always instantly commence instructing twenty-second-century skills.
no matter if Kohn is clearing up misconceptions approximately revolutionary schooling or explaining why incentives for more fit residing are sure to backfire, debunking the concept that schooling reform might be pushed through issues approximately financial competitiveness or placing “Supernanny” in her position, his readers will comprehend why the Washington Post has stated that “teachers and fogeys who come across Kohn and his ideas come away transfixed, able to switch their schools.”
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