Schools Our Children Deserve Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and Tougher Standards

ISBN-10: 0618083456
ISBN-13: 9780618083459
Edition: 2000
Authors: Alfie Kohn
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Description: In this "lively, provocative and well-researched book" (Theodore Sizer), AlÞe Kohn builds a powerful argument against the "back to basics" philosophy of teaching and simplistic demands to "raise the bar." Drawing on stories from real classrooms and  More...

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Book details

List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 9/5/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880

In this "lively, provocative and well-researched book" (Theodore Sizer), AlÞe Kohn builds a powerful argument against the "back to basics" philosophy of teaching and simplistic demands to "raise the bar." Drawing on stories from real classrooms and extensive research, Kohn shows parents, educators, and others interested in the debate how schools can help students explore ideas rather than filling them with forgettable facts and preparing them for standardized tests.Here at last is a book that challenges the two dominant forces in American education: an aggressive nostalgia for traditional teaching ("If it was bad enough for me, it"s bad enough for my kids") and a heavy-handed push for Tougher Standards.

Alfie Kohn was described by "Time" as "the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades & test scores." The author of the influential "No Contest" & "Punished by Rewards," he writes & speaks widely about human behavior, education, & social theory. He lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Forward ... Into the Past
Tougher Standards Versus Better Education
Getting Motivation Wrong: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement
Getting Teaching and Learning Wrong: Traditional Education and Its Victims
Getting Evaluation Wrong: The Case Against Standardized Testing
Getting School Reform Wrong: The Arrogance of Top-Down Coercion
Getting Improvement Wrong: Confusing Harder with Better
For the Love of Learning
Starting from Scratch
Education at Its Best
Getting the 3 R's Right
The Way Out
The Hard Evidence
What to Look For in a Classroom
Notes
References
Acknowledgments
Index

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