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Alfie Kohn

Author & Speaker on Human Behavior, Education, & Parenting; Outspoken Critic of Education's Fixation on Grades

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 Alfie Kohn Biography

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. Popular titles of his 14 books include SCHOOLING BEYOND MEASURE…And Other Unorthodox Essays About Education and THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting. Of his earlier titles, the best known are PUNISHED BY REWARDS, NO CONTEST: The Case Against Competition, UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING, and THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE.

Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators — as well as parents and managers — across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah”; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.

Kohn lectures widely at universities and to school faculties, parent groups, and corporations. In addition to speaking at staff development seminars and keynoting national education conferences on a regular basis, he conducts workshops for teachers and administrators on various topics. Among them: “Motivation from the Inside Out: Rethinking Rewards, Assessment, and Learning” and “Beyond Bribes and Threats: Realistic Alternatives to Controlling Students’ Behavior.” The latter corresponds to his book BEYOND DISCIPLINE: From Compliance to Community, which he describes as “a modest attempt to overthrow the entire field of classroom management.”

Kohn’s various books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Malaysian. He has also contributed to publications ranging from the Journal of Education to Ladies Home Journal, and from the Nation to the Harvard Business Review (“Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work”). His efforts to make research in human behavior accessible to a general audience have also been published in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, and Psychology Today.

His many articles on education include a dozen widely reprinted essays in Phi Delta Kappan from 1991 to 2008. Among them: “Choices for Children: Why and How to Let Students Decide,” “How Not to Teach Values: A Critical Look at Character Education,” “Test Today, Privatize Tomorrow,” and “Why Self-Discipline is Overrated.”

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Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

Feel-Bad Education: And Other Contrarian Essays on Children and Schooling

The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

The Homework Myth: Why Our Kids Get Too Much of a Bad Thing

Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community

Beyond Discipline: From Compliance to Community

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

Unconditional Parenting: Moving from Rewards and Punishments to Love and Reason

What Does it Mean to Be Well Educated? And Other Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies

What Does it Mean to Be Well Educated? And Other Essays on Standards, Grading, and Other Follies

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and

The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"

Speaking Topics
  • Longer Workshops for Educators


    • THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF “TOUGHER STANDARDS”: Challenging High-Stakes Testing and Other Impediments to Learning
    • PERFORMANCE VS. LEARNING: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement
    • OVERHAULING THE TRANSMISSION MODEL
    • ON BRIBING STUDENTS TO LEARN: Second Thoughts About A’s, Praise, Stickers, and Contests
    • CHOICES FOR CHILDREN: From Coercion to Community
    • FROM DEGRADING TO DE-GRADING: Basic Questions About Assessment
    • THE CASE AGAINST COMPETITION
    • TEACHING CHILDREN TO CARE
    • THE (PROGRESSIVE) SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE
    • CHALLENGING STUDENTS . . . AND HOW TO HAVE MORE OF THEM
    • THE HOMEWORK MYTH

  • Speech Titles for Parents

    UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Beyond Bribes and Threats RAISING REBELS: Helping Kids to Challenge the Status Quo

  • Performance vs. Learning: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement

    Educational researchers have discovered that there is a significant difference between getting students to think about their performance (that is, how well they are doing) and getting them to think about the learning itself (what they are doing). These orientations often pull in opposite directions, which means that too much emphasis on performance can reduce students' interest in learning – and cause them to avoid challenging tasks. When the point is to prove how smart you are, to get a good grade or a high test score, there is less inclination to engage deeply with ideas, to explore and discover. Thus, as Alfie Kohn argues, the problem with standardized testing is not only how bad the tests themselves are, but also how much attention is paid to the results. Even new, "authentic" assessments may backfire if students are constantly led to ask, "How am I doing?" Getting students to become preoccupied with achievement may paradoxically undermine this very goal because of what happens to their motivation in the process.

  • Teaching Children to Care

    We can't blame "human nature" when children act aggressively or selfishly. Extensive research has shown that these qualities are no more natural than the impulse toward empathy or generosity. But how do we nourish those positive inclinations and help children to act on their capacity to care? Alfie Kohn, author of The Brighter Side of Human Nature, discusses the roots of prosocial attitudes and actions, and invites educators to think about what promotes children's concern about others' well-being. He urges activities (and a curriculum) that enhance understanding of how others see the world, as well as a commitment to replace isolation and competition with a feeling of community in the classroom and school.

  • The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve

    Our knowledge of how children learn – and how schools can help – has come a long way in the last few decades. Unfortunately, most schools have not: They're still more about memorizing facts and practicing isolated skills than understanding ideas from the inside out; they still exclude students from any meaningful decision-making role; and they still rely on grades, tests, homework, lectures, worksheets, competition, punishments, and rewards. Alfie Kohn explores the alternatives to each of these conventional practices, explaining why progressive education isn't just a realistic alternative but one that's far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

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    Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education ...

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alfie Kohn for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alfie Kohn for your next private or corporate function.
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Alfie Kohn

Author & Speaker on Human Behavior, Education, & Parenting; Outspoken Critic of Education's Fixation on Grades

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Alfie Kohn Biography

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. Popular titles of his 14 books include SCHOOLING BEYOND MEASURE…And Other Unorthodox Essays About Education and THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting. Of his earlier titles, the best known are PUNISHED BY REWARDS, NO CONTEST: The Case Against Competition, UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING, and THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE.

Kohn has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators — as well as parents and managers — across the country and abroad. Kohn has been featured on hundreds of TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah”; he has been profiled in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, while his work has been described and debated in many other leading publications.

Kohn lectures widely at universities and to school faculties, parent groups, and corporations. In addition to speaking at staff development seminars and keynoting national education conferences on a regular basis, he conducts workshops for teachers and administrators on various topics. Among them: “Motivation from the Inside Out: Rethinking Rewards, Assessment, and Learning” and “Beyond Bribes and Threats: Realistic Alternatives to Controlling Students’ Behavior.” The latter corresponds to his book BEYOND DISCIPLINE: From Compliance to Community, which he describes as “a modest attempt to overthrow the entire field of classroom management.”

Kohn’s various books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Romanian, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Thai, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Malaysian. He has also contributed to publications ranging from the Journal of Education to Ladies Home Journal, and from the Nation to the Harvard Business Review (“Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work”). His efforts to make research in human behavior accessible to a general audience have also been published in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Parents, and Psychology Today.

His many articles on education include a dozen widely reprinted essays in Phi Delta Kappan from 1991 to 2008. Among them: “Choices for Children: Why and How to Let Students Decide,” “How Not to Teach Values: A Critical Look at Character Education,” “Test Today, Privatize Tomorrow,” and “Why Self-Discipline is Overrated.”

Alfie Kohn Videos

  • Why Grades Shouldn't Exist - Alfie Kohn
    Part of an interview for the documentary "Carry the Tune" (http://www. carrythetune.com) Full interview: https://youtu.be/jDrB6VFX2sc Trailer for ...
  • Alfie Kohn - Education and Music
    In this interview for the documentary "Carry the Tune" (http://www.carrythetune. com), education author Alfie Kohn talks about ways in which ...
  • Alfie Kohn - THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE: Rescuing ...
    Most educators would agree with the late Dr. Deming that a primary goal of schooling is to help students acquire or avoid losing a sense of joy ...

Alfie Kohn Books

Speaker Lists Featuring Alfie Kohn

Alfie Kohn Speaking Topics

  • Longer Workshops for Educators


    • THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF “TOUGHER STANDARDS”: Challenging High-Stakes Testing and Other Impediments to Learning
    • PERFORMANCE VS. LEARNING: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement
    • OVERHAULING THE TRANSMISSION MODEL
    • ON BRIBING STUDENTS TO LEARN: Second Thoughts About A’s, Praise, Stickers, and Contests
    • CHOICES FOR CHILDREN: From Coercion to Community
    • FROM DEGRADING TO DE-GRADING: Basic Questions About Assessment
    • THE CASE AGAINST COMPETITION
    • TEACHING CHILDREN TO CARE
    • THE (PROGRESSIVE) SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE
    • CHALLENGING STUDENTS . . . AND HOW TO HAVE MORE OF THEM
    • THE HOMEWORK MYTH

  • Speech Titles for Parents

    UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Beyond Bribes and Threats RAISING REBELS: Helping Kids to Challenge the Status Quo

  • Performance vs. Learning: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement

    Educational researchers have discovered that there is a significant difference between getting students to think about their performance (that is, how well they are doing) and getting them to think about the learning itself (what they are doing). These orientations often pull in opposite directions, which means that too much emphasis on performance can reduce students' interest in learning – and cause them to avoid challenging tasks. When the point is to prove how smart you are, to get a good grade or a high test score, there is less inclination to engage deeply with ideas, to explore and discover. Thus, as Alfie Kohn argues, the problem with standardized testing is not only how bad the tests themselves are, but also how much attention is paid to the results. Even new, "authentic" assessments may backfire if students are constantly led to ask, "How am I doing?" Getting students to become preoccupied with achievement may paradoxically undermine this very goal because of what happens to their motivation in the process.

  • Teaching Children to Care

    We can't blame "human nature" when children act aggressively or selfishly. Extensive research has shown that these qualities are no more natural than the impulse toward empathy or generosity. But how do we nourish those positive inclinations and help children to act on their capacity to care? Alfie Kohn, author of The Brighter Side of Human Nature, discusses the roots of prosocial attitudes and actions, and invites educators to think about what promotes children's concern about others' well-being. He urges activities (and a curriculum) that enhance understanding of how others see the world, as well as a commitment to replace isolation and competition with a feeling of community in the classroom and school.

  • The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve

    Our knowledge of how children learn – and how schools can help – has come a long way in the last few decades. Unfortunately, most schools have not: They're still more about memorizing facts and practicing isolated skills than understanding ideas from the inside out; they still exclude students from any meaningful decision-making role; and they still rely on grades, tests, homework, lectures, worksheets, competition, punishments, and rewards. Alfie Kohn explores the alternatives to each of these conventional practices, explaining why progressive education isn't just a realistic alternative but one that's far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

FAQs on booking Alfie Kohn

  • How to book Alfie Kohn?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Alfie Kohn for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Alfie Kohn, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Alfie Kohn or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Alfie Kohn?

    Booking fees for Alfie Kohn, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Alfie Kohn, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Alfie Kohn?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Alfie Kohn for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Alfie Kohn for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Alfie Kohn or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Alfie Kohn or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Alfie Kohn is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Alfie Kohn for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Alfie Kohn generally travels from Boston, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Erin Gruwell, Linda Darling-Hammond, Milton Chen, Alan November and Eduardo Briceño. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Alfie Kohn for an upcoming event.

Alfie Kohn Speaker Videos

  • Why Grades Shouldn't Exist - Alfie Kohn
    Part of an interview for the documentary "Carry the Tune" (http://www. carrythetune.com) Full interview: https://youtu.be/jDrB6VFX2sc Trailer for ...
    Alfie Kohn - Education and Music
    In this interview for the documentary "Carry the Tune" (http://www.carrythetune. com), education author Alfie Kohn talks about ways in which ...
  • Alfie Kohn - THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE: Rescuing ...
    Most educators would agree with the late Dr. Deming that a primary goal of schooling is to help students acquire or avoid losing a sense of joy ...

Alfie Kohn Speaking Topics

  • Longer Workshops for Educators


    • THE DEADLY EFFECTS OF “TOUGHER STANDARDS”: Challenging High-Stakes Testing and Other Impediments to Learning
    • PERFORMANCE VS. LEARNING: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement
    • OVERHAULING THE TRANSMISSION MODEL
    • ON BRIBING STUDENTS TO LEARN: Second Thoughts About A’s, Praise, Stickers, and Contests
    • CHOICES FOR CHILDREN: From Coercion to Community
    • FROM DEGRADING TO DE-GRADING: Basic Questions About Assessment
    • THE CASE AGAINST COMPETITION
    • TEACHING CHILDREN TO CARE
    • THE (PROGRESSIVE) SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE
    • CHALLENGING STUDENTS . . . AND HOW TO HAVE MORE OF THEM
    • THE HOMEWORK MYTH

  • Speech Titles for Parents

    UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING: Beyond Bribes and Threats RAISING REBELS: Helping Kids to Challenge the Status Quo

  • Performance vs. Learning: The Costs of Overemphasizing Achievement

    Educational researchers have discovered that there is a significant difference between getting students to think about their performance (that is, how well they are doing) and getting them to think about the learning itself (what they are doing). These orientations often pull in opposite directions, which means that too much emphasis on performance can reduce students' interest in learning – and cause them to avoid challenging tasks. When the point is to prove how smart you are, to get a good grade or a high test score, there is less inclination to engage deeply with ideas, to explore and discover. Thus, as Alfie Kohn argues, the problem with standardized testing is not only how bad the tests themselves are, but also how much attention is paid to the results. Even new, "authentic" assessments may backfire if students are constantly led to ask, "How am I doing?" Getting students to become preoccupied with achievement may paradoxically undermine this very goal because of what happens to their motivation in the process.

  • Teaching Children to Care

    We can't blame "human nature" when children act aggressively or selfishly. Extensive research has shown that these qualities are no more natural than the impulse toward empathy or generosity. But how do we nourish those positive inclinations and help children to act on their capacity to care? Alfie Kohn, author of The Brighter Side of Human Nature, discusses the roots of prosocial attitudes and actions, and invites educators to think about what promotes children's concern about others' well-being. He urges activities (and a curriculum) that enhance understanding of how others see the world, as well as a commitment to replace isolation and competition with a feeling of community in the classroom and school.

  • The (Progressive) Schools Our Children Deserve

    Our knowledge of how children learn – and how schools can help – has come a long way in the last few decades. Unfortunately, most schools have not: They're still more about memorizing facts and practicing isolated skills than understanding ideas from the inside out; they still exclude students from any meaningful decision-making role; and they still rely on grades, tests, homework, lectures, worksheets, competition, punishments, and rewards. Alfie Kohn explores the alternatives to each of these conventional practices, explaining why progressive education isn't just a realistic alternative but one that's far more likely to help kids become critical thinkers and lifelong learners.

Alfie Kohn News

  • Alfie Kohn

    Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education ...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent, and wish to request removal from this catalog or report an issue with your profile, please click here.

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