Author Alfie Kohn Articles

The Truth About Homework

Widespread misconceptions about learning keep our children busy with needless assignments.There’s something perversely fascinating about educational policies that are clearly at odds with the available data. Huge schools are still being b...

Down With Homework!

Do bulging backpacks mean learning? With his new book, The Homework Myth, expert Alfie Kohn says no. Here’s why. After spending most of the day in school, students are given additional assignments to be completed at home. This is a...

Discipline Is The Problem, Not The Solution

When things in my classroom hit bottom, there were days when I was convinced that the kids stayed up nights plotting ways to make my life miserable. It was only later that I realized their disruptions were basically just intended to make the time...

Also labeled: Issue #11, Parenting

5 Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job"

Hang out at a playground, visit a school, or show up at a child’s birthday party, and there’s one phrase you can count on hearing repeatedly: ‘Good job!’ Here’s why it may not be the best thing to say. Even tiny infants are praised for...

Also labeled: Issue #09, Parenting