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Feel-Bad Education

Feel-Bad Education by Alfie Kohn
Apr 05, 2011 | 196 Pages
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“Kohn cuts against the grain and takes on adversaries without fear, and yet with a mature and rational sophistication.” ―Jonathan Kozol

“[A] spirited and incisive probe of education today.” —Publishers Weekly

“A philosophical, well-structured argument for viable progressive education from one of the movement’s most prolific and well-regarded authors…A vital wake-up call to educators.”—Kirkus Reviews
“The reader will find much to reflect upon in Feel-Bad Education, and will be mindful of controversies that are still unexplored in this short but enjoyable volume.”—The School Administrator

Table Of Contents

“Well, Duh!”: Obvious Truths That We Shouldn’t Be Ignoring
One: Progressivism and Beyond
1. Progressive Education: Why It’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find
2. Challenging Students—and How to Have More of Them
3. Getting Hit on the Head Lessons
Two: The Nuts and Bolts of Learning
4. It’s Not What We Teach; It’s What They Learn
5. Who’s Cheating Whom?
6. How to Create Nonreaders: Reflections on Motivation, Learning, and Sharing Power
7. The Trouble with Rubrics
Three: Climate & Connections: How Does School Feel to the Students?
8. The Value of Negative Learning
9. Unconditional Teaching
10. Safety from the Inside Out
11. Bad Signs
Four: The Big Picture: Education Policy
12. Feel-Bad Education: The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy
13. Against “Competitiveness”
14. When Twenty-First-Century Schooling Just Isn’t Good Enough: A Modest Proposal
15. Debunking the Case for National Standards
Five: Beyond the Schools: Psychological Issues & Parenting
16. Atrocious Advice from Supernanny
17. Parental Love with Strings Attached
18. Why Self-Discipline Is Overrated: The (Troubling) Theory and Practice of Control from Within
19. Cash Incentives Won’t Make Us Healthier

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