Feel-Bad Education – Alfie Kohn On What Schools Do Wrong

How to Create Nonreaders

  • Kohn believes that you can’t motivate with extrinsic inducements, but you can kill motivation with them. His ways to kill motivation for reading include: 1) making them read a certain amount and to document it daily 2) Make them do writing assignments to prove they read something even though it’s easy to fake 3) Make everyone read something different so they can’t share 4) focus on skill questions with one correct answer 5) other rewards 6) use reading activities to prepare for standardized tests 7) restrict their choices. To support their desire to learn, give them: 1) opportunities to suggest options 2) allow some decisions to be made collaboratively 3) mix in these ideas when you can and avoid the 7 don’t listed above. Buy the book and get Kohn’s concrete ideas.
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