50 quotes from Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes: ‘In a word, learning is decontextualized. Punished by Rewards has ratings and reviews. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful. Alfie Kohn’s landmark challenge to carrot-and-stick psychology, featuring updated Seasoned with humor and familiar examples, Punished by Rewards.

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Punished by Rewards Quotes by Alfie Kohn

In classrooms where students can make choices about learning and have tasks of worth to explore, the need for punishments or rewards declines sharply. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

I will admit that it has changed the way I’ve thought about interacting with my kids, making me think twice before offering the rote “Good job! Our basic strategy for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized rewrads six words: I am grateful to have read this book while my children are still young and I have a chance punishev make some choices about how I respond to them, what schools we choose, etc.

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Kids can only learn to develop values and make decisions by being given the opportunities to practice and see the natural concequences of their own choices age appropriately, of course. Or when you give readers false dichotomies. I am grateful to have read this book while my children are still young and I have a chance to make some choices about how This book blew me away.

So it became a ‘because i said so and i don’t want to scare you so i’m not telling you why’. Not only is the prose cute and best sellers which I honestly don’t mind if the content is substantialI found his repeated gotcha! It’s that time again. There are some things that kids just have to slog through, aren’t there?


People who were given rewards to quit smoking or use seat belts were less likely to change than those who were given no rewards.

Books by Alfie Kohn. There are certainly other ways of accomplishing happy and educated children- like the gurukula system of India- where the teacher’s entire life and example serves to educate the student, not merely the content of their assigned ‘topic’. A lot of educators feel strongly that they need even more praise than other kids.

The first few chapters are based on the assumption that no one human has the right to control another khn. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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He believes we should discuss things with kids, employees etc. We dangle goodies from candy bars to sales ny in front of people in much the same way we train the family pet.

Kohn methodically and scientifically deconstructs behaviourism’s punishments and rewards, and shows how they are counter-productive to the goals of those using them, and ultimately demotivating and detrimental to those ‘upon’ whom they are used. Drawing on a rewatds of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of doing things to them.

Altruism and Empathy in Everyday Life. Punished by Rewards Quotes Showing of Aren’t we being punished by rewards each and every day? Drawing from hundreds of studies, Kohn demonstrates that people actually do inferior work when they are enticed with money, grades, or other incentives.

It’s much more involved and holistic. May 18, Michael rated it it was amazing. The second C is community: What is likely to be far more surprising and disturbing is the further point that rewards, like punishments, actually undermine the intrinsic motivation that promotes optimal performance.

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Many do seem to still be thinking of this book in terms they were educated in and reluctant to move from that. If the kids have to endlessly fill in the blanks on dittos, you’re not going to get rid of rewards or threats anytime soon.

Having read some of the previous reviews on this topic I find them to be suitably erudite as the subject matter in this book is. So i am testing his theory out.

Though thought provoking, the book is repetitious. Every, upnished, parent, manager, punisher, administrator should read this book. The author currently resides in Belmont, Massachusetts. To sum it up, this book is how we are slaves and make each other slaves to rewards when, if fact rewards are actaully shown to decrease intrinsic motivation. The other common question is “what’s the alternative to rewards?

Overall, a stellar book that I think of often punishef my mind when considering how to approach my students. Kohn might be opposed to carrots and sticks, but he doesn’t mind beating a horse to death! For example, I like it when people recognize me for an accomplishment of some kind. As usual, likely the truth lies in a balance — between Kohn and his critics’ perspectives.

The viewpoints presented are not very compatible with much of what I believed before reading it, so there were quite some revelations in there.

Required reading for every manager, teacher, and parent.