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

Getting Hit on the Head Lessons

  • This title comes from a Monty Python skit. The key point is that even good teachers engage in bad instruction to prepare kids when more bad instruction comes their way. Kohn uses the “Better Get Used To It” term for these practices. He sees traditional grading as something that reduces quality and interest in learning, and preference for challenging tasks. He notes that research does not support assigning homework. People don’t get better at coping with unhappiness because they are made deliberately unhappy. (Doug: Kids are resilient, but sooner or later they run out of gas if enough bad things happen to them.)
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