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Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling Paperback – April 5, 2011
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"[A] spirited and incisive probe of education today." —Publishers Weekly
“A philosophical, well-structured argument for viable progressive education from one of the movement's most prolific and well-regarded authors…A vital wake-up call to educators.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The reader will find much to reflect upon in Feel-Bad Education, and will be mindful of controversies that are still unexplored in this short but enjoyable volume.”—The School Administrator
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The tenor of this book could generally be described as progressive or anti-conservative. In essay after essay, Kohn turns conservative conventional wisdom that has tended to dominate national discussions on education, upside down. Some of the things he sees as being counterproductive are: homework, standardized testing, the use of rubrics, encouragement of self-discipline, the use of rewards and incentives, competition in the classroom, nationalized standards and the memorization of facts.Read more ›
Just for fun I'd like to lay out my own reading of Alfie's basic assumptions. If I'm right you should find evidence of each one in this book. And let's contrast his views with people who disagree with the author. I'll list Kohn's assumptions first. For the sake of brevity I will not deal with Kohn's ideas on families.
1. First and foremost children come to school with inherent virtue that can be nurtured (by stimulating lessons and caring teachers) or corrupted (by undemocratic teachers instilled in the beliefs of behaviorist rewards and punishments). Opponents say that kids come to school faced with choices between virtues and sin and are only prevented from making the wrong choices by controls used by the schools and by the family.
2. In school kids come loaded with intrinsic motivation to learn (after all learning is a natural process that we engage in nearly nonstop throughout our days). Opponents argue that kids come to school (remember they are there by fiat, not by choice) without motivation and it is the job of the school, particularly the classroom teacher, to steer them toward good decisions.
3. The knowledge we should be encouraging is discernment not information. Opponents argue that wisdom is derived only after information is amassed.
4. Knowledge cannot be measured.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Kohn takes on today’s conventional wisdom about education with thoughtful, albeit contrarian views. This series of nineteen articles, originally published between 2004 and 2010,... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Stephanie
Expresses what many of us have felt about school, over the years. Mr. Kohn hits the nail on the head.Published 16 months ago by Rennyrij
All of Mr. Kohn's books should be mandatory reading for education students.Published 20 months ago by David Walker
LOVE IT THANKS! it is very helpful for my classes this semester and I will use it often thank youPublished on January 28, 2014 by Candance