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"Alfie Kohn has a knack for bursting the bubbles that surround justabout every school topic imaginable, from putting kids intouniforms to make them behave better to raising kids' self-esteem byrewarding them with stickers and pizza for reading books and doinghomework. This collection of previously published essays reminds usthat many schools have veered off course in their day-to-daybusiness. And it's a primer that, if taken seriously, can putschools back on the right track."

--Educational LeadershipThrough his writings and speeches, AlfieKohn has been stirring up controversy for years, demonstrating howthe conventional wisdom about education often isn't supported bythe available research, and illuminating gaps between our long-termgoals for students and what actually goes on in schools. Now Whatto Look for in a Classroom brings together his most populararticles from Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, andEducation Week--and also from The Atlantic Monthly, the BostonGlobe, and other publications.

From self-esteem to school uniforms, from grade inflation tocharacter education, Kohn raises a series of provocative questionsabout the status quo in this collection of incisive essays. Hechallenges us to reconsider some of our most basic assumptionsabout children and education. Can good values really beinstilled
in students? What, if anything, lies behind the label of attentiondeficit disorder? Are there solid data to support our skepticismabout watching TV? Might such allegedly enlightened practices asauthentic assessment,
logical consequences,
and Total Quality education
turn out to be detrimental? Whether he is explaining whycooperative learning can be so threatening or why detracking is sofiercely opposed, Kohn offers a fresh, informed, and frequentlydisconcerting perspective on the major issues in education.

In the And, his critical examination of current practice iscomplemented by a vision of what schooling ought to be. Kohn arguesfor giving children more opportunity to participate in their ownschooling, for transforming classrooms into caring communities, andfor providing the kind of education that taps and nourisheschildren's curiosity. Through all these essays, Kohn calls us backto our own ideals, showing us how we can be more effective athelping students to become good learners and good people.

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Full of ideas and impossible to pigeonhole, Alfie Kohn has become an essential ingredient in educational debates, and his previous books--including No Contest: The Case Against Competition and Punished by Rewards--are a reliable barometer of his wit, pugnacity, and general contrariness. This is a collection of (mostly) previously published essays, but Kohn writes so well that these pieces remain fresh, vivid, and challenging. Few people will agree with him about everything, and many will be left with steam coming out of their ears. Kohn pulls no punches: the cases for school uniforms and School Choice programs are beneath his contempt; well-off white liberal parents are so routinely obsessed with competitive advantage ("the segregation of the gifted and talented") that their actions amount to a more polite form of racism; most critics of television are hysterics who don't know the research and haven't thought hard about what they are saying. A taste of his combat-ready style: "There is no national organization called Rich Parents Against School Reform, in part because there doesn't need to be." Kohn is essential reading, however, on the destructiveness of grading, the foolishness of mainstream ideas about motivation, and a score of other topics--especially if you disagree with him. --Richard Farr

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"Of the dozens of 'experts' on what's wrong (and right) in U.S.schools, only a handful are truly worth reading; Kohn has long beenone of the soundest." --Booklist

From self-esteem to school uniforms, from grade inflation tocharacter education, Alfie Kohn raises provocative questions aboutthe status quo in this collection of incisive essays--challengingus to reconsider some of our most basic assumptions about childrenand education. Whether he is explaining why cooperative learningcan be so threatening or why detracking is so fiercely opposed,Kohn offers a fresh, informed, and frequently disconcertingperspective on the major issues in education.

In the end, his critical examination of current practice iscomplemented by a vision of what schooling ought to be. Kohn arguesfor giving children more opportunity to participate in their ownschooling, for transforming classrooms into caring communities, andfor providing the kind of education that taps and nourisheschildren's curiosity. Through all these essays Kohn calls us backto our own ideals, showing us how we can be more effective athelping students to become good learners and good people.

"Kohn's message, if heeded, could inspire a productiverevolution in America's fatigued regime of public education."--Publisher's Weekly

"This collection...reminds us that many schools have veered offcourse in their day-to-day business. And it's a primer that, iftaken seriously, can put schools back on the right track."--Educational Leadership

"Informative, inspiring, and thought-provoking." --LibraryJournal

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Alfie Kohn is the author of seven books on education, includingPunished by Rewards and The Schools Our Children Deserve. Helectures widely and works with educators across the country andabroad.

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