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

What’s On Your School’s Walls?

  • Alfie believes that bad things to put on the walls include signs that contain exhortations to stop whining, always be positive, and the sky’s the limit. He believes that students should be willing to challenge authority, which may sound like whining, come to grips with negative feelings, and realize that not everyone can be the valedictorian. Rather than commercial signs that promote the above, we should let the students decide what goes on the walls with a focus on things produced by the students themselves. If the walls are covered by posters made by distant corporations, the same is probably true for the curriculum.
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