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. 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 donâ€™t do what theyâ€™re told; instead, it may be necessary to reconsider what it is that theyâ€™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.
Just as memorizing someone elseâ€™s right answers fails to promote studentsâ€™ intellectual development, so does complying with someone elseâ€™s expectations for how to act fail to help students develop socially or morally. Kohn contrasts the idea of discipline, in which things are done to students to control their behavior, with an approach in which we work with students to create caring communities where decisions are made together.
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 bookâ€™s central themes and responds to questions from readers. 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.
Alfie Kohn is the author of many other books about education and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards, The Schools Our Children Deserve, and Unconditional Parenting.
Author : Alfie, Etc Kohn
ISBN : 1416604723
Language : English
No of Pages : 191
Edition : 10th Anniversary
Publication Date : 8/1/2006
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.9x6x0.4
Book weight : 0.01
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