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What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated? And More Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies

ISBN-10: 0807032670
ISBN-13: 9780807032671
Edition: 2004
Authors: Alfie Kohn
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Description: Few writers ask us to question our fundamental assumptions about education as provocatively as Alfie Kohn. Time magazine has called him "perhaps the country"s most outspoken critic of education"s fixation on grades [and] test scores." And the  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 5/15/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 212
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Few writers ask us to question our fundamental assumptions about education as provocatively as Alfie Kohn. Time magazine has called him "perhaps the country"s most outspoken critic of education"s fixation on grades [and] test scores." And the Washington Post says he is "the most energetic and charismatic figure standing in the way of a major federal effort to make standardized curriculums and tests a fact of life in every U.S. school." In this new collection of essays, Kohn takes on some of the most important and controversial topics in education of the last few years. His central focus is on the real goals of education-a topic, he argues, that we systematically ignore while lavishing attention on misguided models of learning and counterproductive techniques of motivation. The shift to talking about goals yields radical conclusions and wonderfully pungent essays that only Alfie Kohn could have written. From the title essay"s challenge to conventional, conservative definitions of a good education to essays on standards and testing and grades that tally the severe educational costs of overemphasizing a narrow conception of achievement, Kohn boldly builds on his earlier work and writes for a wide audience. Kohn"s new book will be greeted with enthusiasm by his many readers and by any teacher or parent looking for a refreshing perspective on today"s debates about schools.

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.

Preface
Introduction: Grappling with Goals
The Purposes of Schooling
What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated?
Turning Learning into a Business
The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement
Standards and Testing
Confusing Harder and Better
Beware of the Standards, Not Just the Tests
Standardized Testing and Its Victims
Sacrificing Learning for Higher Scores
Two Cheers for an End to the SAT
Grading and Evaluating
From Degrading to De-Grading
The Dangerous Myth to Grade Inflation
Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"
Moral, Social, and Psychological Questions
Constant Frustration and Occasional Violence: The Legacy of American High Schools
September 11
A Fresh Look at Abraham Maslow
School Reform and the Study of Education
Almost There, But Not Quite
Education's Rotten Apples
The Folly of Merit Pay
Professors Who Profess
Credits
Index

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