Books by Alfie Kohn

SOCIAL SCIENCES
Released: April 1, 2014

"A thought-provoking, semicontroversial scrutiny of modern parenting practices."
Kohn (Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling, 2011, etc.) attacks the status quo on child-rearing and parenting. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 5, 2011

A philosophical, well-structured argument for viable progressive education from one of the movement's most prolific and well-regarded authors.

In the introduction to his 19 succinct essays, Kohn (The Homework Myth, 2006, etc.) lays out 12 points that he thinks should be "Well Duh" moments for educators: essentially what he considers to be irrefutable tenets that somehow get lost in practical application. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 7, 1999

"Though Kohn's zeal for reform is undeniable, in this book he seems content to preach to the progressive choir rather than persuade others to adopt his cause."
Another blistering critique (after Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes, 1993) of traditional public schooling by a progressive who displays the same intellectual rigidity he abhors in others. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Oct. 26, 1993

A compelling argument that the use of rewards is counterproductive in raising children, teaching students, and managing workers. Kohn (The Brighter Side of Human Nature, 1990, etc.) contends that rewards, like punishments, are methods of controlling people—perhaps a morally objectionable goal—and that, at best, they produce only temporary compliance. Read full book review >