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Kohn backs up his argument with research and observations from like-minded reformers such as Deborah Meier, but his position is nothing new. Rather, it is a volley back at traditionalists, a direct counter to Hirsch's 1996 book The Schools We Need, which Kohn critically dissects at length, even accusing Hirsch of incorrectly generalizing footnoted research. Kohn also takes issue with the backlash against the whole-language approach to reading instruction (though this argument wears thin, given that many schools have already moved beyond the debate to use a combination of whole language and phonics). The overall message of The Schools Our Children Deserve is a valid cautionary tale about the future of American education that deserves to be heard out by teachers, policymakers, and parents. --Jodi Mailander Farrell --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nice read...easy to follow and understand. Kohn makes some great points...hard to argue!Published 21 days ago by David Madden
This writer does not have a teaching license, and has no teaching experience whatsoever. There is little substance to his writing, as instead the point seems to be to make a silly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by artfeature
Alfie Kohn brings a lot of good points, backed by science. He shows how grades negatively affect student learning. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gourd00
This is not a light read but covers some thought provoking material especially for parents who may need a eye opener to what is really happening in the mainstream education... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Andrea
If you wonder why our schools and teachers are critisized and blamed for things not going well for all students this is a book that will make things clear for you.Published on January 18, 2013 by SHARON KANNIAINEN
This book is filled with great examples of what needs to be done to break away from the form of traditional education that no longer works...if it ever truly did. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by James J. DelViscio