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No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning

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In a pair of lively and thought-provoking lectures, education expert Alfie Kohn makes a compelling case that two traditional features of schooling -- grades and homework -- are not only unnecessary but actually undermine students' interest in learning. // Research consistently finds that giving students letter or number grades leads them to think less deeply, avoid challenging tasks, and become less enthusiastic about whatever they're learning - and that's true for those who get A's as well as D's. Similarly, making children work what amounts to a second shift after having spent all day in school not only proves frustrating but also turns learning into a chore. Surprisingly, claims that homework enhances understanding or promotes better work habits are contradicted by both research and experience. // Rather than trying to tweak the details of how students are graded, or how much (or even what kind of) homework they're assigned, Kohn argues that we need to ask whether the practices themselves really make sense. // Alfie Kohn (www.alfiekohn.org) writes and speaks widely on education, parenting, and human behavior. His 11 books include PUNISHED BY REWARDS (1993), THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE (1999), and THE HOMEWORK MYTH (2006) - as well as the book and DVD UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING (2005). Time magazine has described him as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."

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  • Producers: Dellaruth Videos -- for Alfie Kohn
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: CreateSpace
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001T4Y1QA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,999 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Pedro on April 27, 2009
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This is one of the best educators in the world today. His investigations on punishments and rewards and its deleterious effects are astonishing, specially in a country where behaviorism was implemented.
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I have struggled with evaluation using grades for years now, and was pondering getting rid of grades because of research suggesting learning and grading had little to do with each other. Indeed, grades seem to reduce learning. I can't believe how much time I've spent calculating or arguing with students about grades--what a waste of time for everyone! this DVD was the final convincing piece; I'm never grading again.
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By Pen Name on February 22, 2013
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Great information! This DVD has provided me with a new perspective regarding school and homework. I would recommend to all parents.
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Outstanding information!
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