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Why homework is counterproductive

Here are four reasons from Alfie Kohn about why homework is a losing enterprise for teachers, parents and students.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 4, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Guest Bloggers, Homework  | Tags:  alfie kohn, disadvantages of homework, homework, homework research, how much homework  
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STEM Sell: Are math, science really more important than other subjects?

Does one subject merit special attention, deserve more dollars, constitute the core of what we expect our schools to offer? Alfie Kohn writes about the latest obsession with STEM subjects.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 17, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Guest Bloggers, Math, Science  | Tags:  STEM, STEM education, alfie kohn, dow jones, obama and STEM, obama school reform, president obama, school reform  
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Do tests really help students learn -- or was a new study misreported? -- Kohn

A new study that received attention was said to have concluded that kids should "take a test to really learn." Except, as Alfie Kohn explains, the study doesn't support that conclusion.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 28, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Research, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  alfie kohn, high-stakes testing, new york times, rote learning, standardized testing, student on testing, testing, testing study  
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A hard look at education research

Here's a back-and-forth between authors of a report hailing Florida's school reform and a critique of that report. It shows how controversial education "research" really is.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 28, 2010; 10:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Research, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  education research, florida school reform, florida schools, heritage foundation, school reform  
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Kohn: Remember when we had higher standards? Neither do I

When, Alfie Kohn asks, haven't we been complaining about low standards in public schools and calling for accountability? The answer: Apparently, never. A golden period never existed.

By Valerie Strauss  | December 9, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Guest Bloggers, National Standards  | Tags:  accountability, alfie kohn, common standards, education system, nation at risk, reagan administration, school reform, standards  
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Kohn: What 'ready to learn' really means

Alfie Kohn explores the real meaning of what he calls the "rather odd" phrase "ready to learn" as it is applied to young children.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 19, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (24)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Early Childhood, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  David McLelland, alfie kohn, early childhood education, martin haberman, readiness to learn, ready to learn  
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