No Contest: The Case Against Competition

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Mariner Books #ad - In this new edition, Alfie Kohn argues that the race to win turns all of us into losers. No contest stands as the definitive critique of competition. Contrary to accepted wisdom, competition is not basic to human nature; it poisons our relationships and holds us back from doing our best.

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Punished by Rewards: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes

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Mariner Books #ad - Hence, he offers practical strategies for parents, teachers, and managers to replace carrots and sticks. Seasoned with humor and familiar examples, Punished by Rewards presents an argument that is unsettling to hear but impossible to dismiss. Alfie kohn’s landmark challenge to carrot-and-stick psychology, featuring updated reflections and research in a major new afterword by the author   Our basic strategy for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summed up in six words: Do this and you’ll get that.

Drawing from hundreds of studies, grades, kohn demonstrates that we actually do inferior work when we are enticed with money, or other incentives—and are apt to lose interest in whatever we were bribed to do. What is needed, kohn explains, is an alternative to both ways of controlling people. Promising goodies to children for good behavior, meanwhile, can never produce anything more than temporary obedience.

Punished by Rewards: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes #ad - Since its publication in 1993, teachers, this groundbreaking book has persuaded countless parents, and managers that attempts to manipulate people with incentives may seem to work in the short run, but they ultimately fail and even do lasting harm. Even praise can become a verbal bribe that gets kids hooked on our approval.

Rewards and punishments are two sides of the same coin—and the coin doesn’t buy much.  . We dangle goodies from candy bars to sales commissions in front of people in the same way that we train the family pet.

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The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"

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Mariner Books #ad - In this “lively, provocative and well-researched book” Theodore Sizer, Alfie 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, educators, Kohn shows parents, 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.

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The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting

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Da Capo Lifelong Books #ad - These include claims that young people suffer from inflated self-esteem; that they receive trophies, praise, and As too easily; and that they would benefit from more self-discipline and "grit. These conservative beliefs are often accepted without question, even by people who are politically liberal. Complaints about pushover parents and coddled kids are hardly new, he shows, and there is no evidence that either phenomenon is especially widespread today--let alone more common than in previous generations.

The major threat to healthy child development, John argues, is posed by parenting that is too controlling rather than too indulgent. With the same lively, competition, kohn relies on a vast collection of social science data, contrarian style that marked his influential books about rewards, and education, as well as on logic and humor, to challenge assertions that appear with numbing regularity in the popular press.

The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom about Children and Parenting #ad - Kohn's invitation to reexamine our assumptions is particularly timely, then; his book has the potential to change our culture's conversation about kids and the people who raise them. Moreover, surprisingly, new research reveals that helicopter parenting is quite rare and, may do more good than harm when it does occur.

Somehow, a set of deeply conservative assumptions about children--what they're like and how they should be raised--have congealed into the conventional wisdom in our society. Young people, meanwhile, are routinely described as entitled and narcissistic.

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Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter

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Harvard Business Review Press #ad - Why? many blame bad decisions on “groupthink” without a clear idea of what that term really means. Now, nudge coauthor cass sunstein and leading decision-making scholar Reid Hastie shed light on the specifics of why and how group decisions go wrong—and offer tactics and lessons to help leaders avoid the pitfalls and reach better outcomes.

These approaches include silencing the leader so that the views of other group members can surface, thoughtfully assigning roles that are aligned with people’s unique strengths, rethinking rewards and incentives to encourage people to reveal their own knowledge, and more. With examples from a broad range of organizations—from Google to the CIA—and written in an engaging and witty style, Wiser will not only enlighten you; it will help your team and your organization make better decisions—decisions that lead to greater success.

Wiser: Getting Beyond Groupthink to Make Groups Smarter #ad - And having more than one person to help decide is good because the group benefits from the collective knowledge of all of its members, and this results in better decisions. We’ve all been involved in group decisions—and they’re hard. In the first part of the book, individual errors in judgmentthey fall victim to cascade effects, rather than correct, as members follow what others say or doThey become polarized, they explain in clear and fascinating detail the distinct problems groups run into:They often amplify, adopting more extreme positions than the ones they began withThey emphasize what everybody knows instead of focusing on critical information that only a few people knowIn the second part of the book, the authors turn to straightforward methods and advice for making groups smarter.

And they often turn out badly. Why are group decisions so hard?since the beginning of human history, and now as part of companies, governments, school boards, people have made decisions in groups—first in families and villages, religious organizations, or any one of countless other groups.

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Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community, 10th Anniversary Edition

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ASCD #ad - Some may advocate the use of carrots rather than sticks; some may refer to punishments as “logical consequences. But virtually all take for granted that the teacher must be in control of the classroom, and that what we need are strategies to get students to comply with the adult’s expectations. Beyond discipline has earned the status of an education classic, a vital alternative to all the traditional manuals that consist of techniques for imposing control.

For this 10th anniversary edition, Kohn adds a new afterword that expands on the book’s central themes and responds to questions from readers. Just as memorizing someone else’s right answers fails to promote students’ intellectual development, so does complying with someone else’s expectations for how to act fail to help students develop socially or morally.

Since then, his path-breaking book has invited hundreds of thousands of educators to question the assumption that problems in the classroom are always the fault of students who don’t do what they’re told; instead, it may be necessary to reconsider what it is that they’ve been told to do--or to learn.

Kohn shows how a fundamentally cynical view of children underlies the belief that we must tell them exactly how we expect them to behave and then offer “positive reinforcement” when they obey. Alfie kohn challenged these widely accepted premises, and with them the very idea of classroom “management, ” when the original edition of Beyond Discipline was published in 1996.

Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community, 10th Anniversary Edition #ad - Packed with stories from real classrooms around the country, seasoned with humor and grounded in a vision as practical as it is optimistic, Beyond Discipline shows how students are most likely to flourish in schools that have moved toward collaborative problem solving--and beyond discipline. What is most remarkable about the assortment of discipline programs on the market today is the number of fundamental assumptions they seem to share.

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Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

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Atria Books #ad - More than just another book about discipline, Unconditional Parenting addresses the ways parents think about, feel about, though, and act with their children. That's precisely the message children derive from common discipline techniques, even though it's not the message most parents intend to send. Kohn cites a body of powerful, and largely unknown, research detailing the damage caused by leading children to believe they must earn our approval.

. This is an eye-opening, paradigm-shattering book that will reconnect readers to their own best instincts and inspire them to become better parents. It invites them to question their most basic assumptions about raising kids while offering a wealth of practical strategies for shifting from “doing to” to “working with” parenting—including how to replace praise with the unconditional support that children need to grow into healthy, caring, responsible people.

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason #ad - A groundbreaking approach to parenting by nationally-respected educator Alfie Kohn that gives parents “powerful alternatives to help children become their most caring, responsible selves” Adele Faber, New York Times bestselling author by switching the dynamic from doing things to children to working with them in order to understand their needs and how to meet them.

Most parenting guides begin with the question “How can we get kids to do what they're told?” and then proceed to offer various techniques for controlling them. One basic need all children have, is to be loved unconditionally, Kohn argues, to know that they will be accepted even if they screw up or fall short.

In this truly groundbreaking book, nationally respected educator Alfie Kohn begins instead by asking, “What do kids need—and how can we meet those needs?” What follows from that question are ideas for working with children rather than doing things to them. Yet conventional approaches to parenting such as punishments including “time-outs”, rewards including positive reinforcement, and other forms of control teach children that they are loved only when they please us or impress us.

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The Brighter Side Of Human Nature: Altruism And Empathy In Everyday Life

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Basic Books #ad - This lively refutation of cynical assumptions about our species considers the nature of empathy and the causes of war, why we incorrectly explain all behavior in terms of self-interest, and how we can teach children to care. Drawing from hundreds of studies in half a dozen fields, The Brighter Side of Human Nature makes a powerful case that caring and generosity are just as natural as selfishness and aggression.

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The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

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Da Capo Lifelong Books #ad - Pointing to stories of parents who have fought back-and schools that have proved educational excellence is possible without homework-Kohn demonstrates how we can rethink what happens during and after school in order to rescue our families and our children's love of learning. So why do we continue to administer this modern cod liver oil-or even demand a larger dose? Kohn's incisive analysis reveals how a set of misconceptions about learning and a misguided focus on competitiveness has left our kids with less free time, and our families with more conflict.

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Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

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Beacon Press #ad - He reflects thoughtfully on the question “Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated. And in an essay for the new york times, which generated enormous response, he warns against the dangers of both punishing and praising children for what they do instead of parenting “unconditionally. Whether he’s talking about school policy or the psychology of motivation, Kohn gives us wonderfully provocative—and utterly serious—food for thought.

This new book will be greeted with enthusiasm by his many readers, and by teachers and parents seeking a refreshing perspective on today’s debates about kids and schools. The washington post says that “teachers and parents who encounter Kohn and his thoughts come away transfixed, ready to change their schools.

Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling #ad - And time magazine has called him “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades and test scores. Here is challenging and entertaining writing on where we should go in American education, in Alfie Kohn’s unmistakable voice. Mind-opening writing on what kids need from school, from one of education’s most outspoken voices Almost no writer on schools asks us to question our fundamental assumptions about education and motivation as boldly as Alfie Kohn.

He argues in the title essay with those who think that high standards mean joylessness in the classroom.

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Cooperative Games and Sports, Joyful Activities for Everyone Second Edition

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Human Kinetics #ad - You'll also find a chapter dedicated to teaching you how to create your own games. Cooperative games and Sports shifts the focus from the outcome of a game to the experience of playing it. With activities like cooperative musical chairs, partner gymnastics, children learn valuable concepts, and math and spelling games, plus you aren't left scrambling for expensive equipment in the process.

With instructive photos and straightforward terminology, it is your guide to building positive interactions that teach children—and adults—the value of playing simply for the sake of playing. These versatile games allow you to adapt the rules, equipment, and number of players to your own participants' capabilities and to different physical settings.

Cooperative Games and Sports, Joyful Activities for Everyone Second Edition #ad - Children live what they learn through games and play. Through cooperative games and sports, acceptance, inclusion, you can teach children how to play with—rather than against—each other, using 150 field-tested games and activities that are designed to build a child's self-worth through cooperation, and fun.

The premise of cooperative games is that everybody wins and everybody has fun.

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