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“Alfie Kohn forces readers to ask what our children are doing in school and what skills they really need to succeed in life. If you’re a parent or concerned citizen, this book ought to be on your list.”
The Washington Times
Linda Perlstein comments that "the activities that he suggests are wonderful" and that Alphie's is "an inspiring philosophy." The Washington Post
"The Schools Our Children Deserve is a very important achievement, a powerful assault upon the mad excesses of the educational standards movement. It is a remarkable book that should become a classic in the field."—Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities
"The Schools Our Children Deserve forces us to reconsider most of what we thought we knew about education—about homework and standardized testing, about phonics and what makes a good teacher. I want to hand this book to every parent in America and say, 'Before you send your child to school tomorrow, you must read this!'"—Deborah Meier, educational reformer and author of The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem
|1||Forward ... into the Past||1|
|Pt. 1||Tougher Standards Versus Better Education|
|2||Getting Motivation Wrong: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement||25|
|3||Getting Teaching and Learning Wrong: Traditional Education and Its Victims||47|
|4||Getting Evaluation Wrong: The Case Against Standardized Testing||73|
|5||Getting School Reform Wrong: The Arrogance of Top-Down Coercion||93|
|6||Getting Improvement Wrong: Confusing Harder with Better||101|
|Pt. 2||For the Love of Learning|
|7||Starting from Scratch||115|
|8||Education at Its Best||131|
|9||Getting the 3 R's Right||159|
|10||The Way Out||183|
|App. A||The Hard Evidence||209|
|App. B||What to Look For in a Classroom||235|
Alfie Kohn's book gives the reader a clear understanding of how bad the schools are and why this is so. One half of the book covers all the things that we have gotten wrong. The second half deals with sensible solutions to the morass that has been created. It is interesting that the book was copyrighted in 1997. This was before Obama took office.
This is truly a professional and scholaly work.
Posted May 21, 2008
Mr. Kohn does a fantastic job of showing why 'traditional education' was never actually education in the first place. My favorite parts of the book are when he tears apart E.D Hirsch's stupid and completely illogical views. I've always admired Mr. Kohn and his work. My goal is to help carry on the progressive tradition into the next generation as a teacher because our children deserve a REAL learning enviroment!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 26, 2001
This is a wonderful book for educators williing to evaluate their teaching open-mindedly. Like all his other books, he really forces you to see the classroom in a different perspective. You must get this book if you want what is best for students and willing to accept that your methods may not have been as fair and educational as you once thought.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 11, 2011
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