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

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

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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.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : Beacon Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780807032671
0807032670
Branch Call Number: 370.973 K827w 2004
Characteristics: xv, 194 p. ; 22 cm

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Jan 18, 2011

This book is a very good expose on the current educational system and its flaws. From corporations' unduly influence upon the food choices of our students' cafeteria to the uselessness of grades and exams, the author goes through each section of educational system and points out its failures. Your eyes will be opened. Although complaintive and whiny at times, the book points out the things that are wrong with our schools so as to compel readers to advocate to make them right. A must read for any teacher.

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