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: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes

I came away from this book convinced of the complete need to eliminate punishments from my teaching lexicon. Even though it gave evidence of the many mistakes that I’ve made in raising children and being a teacher I realize now how valuable it is to learn new methods. Second, rewards cause disruptions in relationships, especially when competition is involved.

In the context of a task that matters to students, the specific skills we care about can be taught naturally without sugarcoating, without games, and above all without offering kids little doggie biscuits for redards what we tell them.

Here, too, the best preparation for making decisions is practice at making decisions What about less successful students? Every teacher should read this book–if this doesn’t change your perspective on classroom management, you might want to seek an alternate line of work.

When I read it, I loved it. It’s not a coincidence that coercive discipline programs rely to a large extent on getting alfi by slathering on praise.

It just feels like what makes sense, because it’s so ingrained in our life. Refresh and try again. Rather than asking for help which is a perquisite for optimal performance, you will be apt to spend your energies trying to flatter that person and convince them that you have everything under control.


Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn – Educational Leadership

Teaching second grade, I can already see in 7yr olds how praise, rewards, and other behavior manipulators have altered there perspective of life. That said, it does suffer being read so long after publication when the related science has advanced so much. Like these earlier books, Punished by Rewards is well argued, well referenced and straightforward to read. And it seems to work, too. Kohn’s criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting.

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Punished by Rewards

Now, I know a lot of adults who are praise junkies: Estes – LibraryThing You would have to be a dyed-in-the-wool behaviorist or at least some kind of sociological conservative not to be persuaded by Alfie Kohn’s compelling, if unnecessarily overlong, case against using This doctrine has special appeal for those who are doing well, first because it allows them to think their blessings are deserved, and second because it spares them from having to feel too guilty about or take any responsibility for those who have much less.

If you look for better options, ones that are more engaging and more enjoyable and more useful to the client, you might just find them. In this groundbreaking book, Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is a strategy that ultimately fails and even does lasting harm.

Books by Alfie Kohn. So, candy, stickers, certificates, cash and other incentives really don’t motivate! The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: How could rewards be ‘bad’? View all 3 comments.


Alfie explains that we are training kids to grow up and be selfish and that the only reason to do something is to get something punsihed in return, because the act of doing a good deed because it might bring on a good feeling to oneself is a waste of time.

You’re saying this is not just your opinion. Kohn states that kids and adults alike see both rewa My daughter’s wlfie. Apr 19, Beth A. I found this very interesting, as it does contradict the popular theories of rewards for good work, for good grades, etc. I took most extrinsic rewards out of my dealings with my children, with my staff, and with our customers. It is a very well-written and thought-provoking book! Reeards felt all pertained to me. The second C is community: Both rewards and punishments, says Punished by Rewards author Alfie Kohn, are ways of manipulating behavior that destroy the potential for real learning.

However, it is already paying dividends with Eden who before this was going through what I was calling the “terrible threes” when in reality the problem was we were trying to parent as if she were 5 not 3. You don’t just replace incentive systems with non-incentive systems, or something like that.

Even praise can become a verbal bribe that gets kids hooked on our approval. Nov pujished, Jurgen Appelo rated it it was amazing Shelves: It went along with my casual observation that students to whom I sent commendations soon lost their commendabe behaviors, and it went along with a university class I took in the 80’s about motivational theory.