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Punished by Rewards

Alfie Kohn

Punished by Rewards

by Alfie Kohn

Punished by Rewards

Alfie Kohn

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In Punished by Rewards, education and parenting expert Alfie Kohn opposes the widely accepted 'do this, and you'll get that' behavioral method, showing how motivation via rewards is often counterproductive.

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Punished by Rewards

by Alfie Kohn

Punished by Rewards

Alfie Kohn

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Finish your vegetables and you can have dessert. Do well on the test, and you'll get a gold star. Make enough sales, and you get an extra vacation day. At school, work, and home, motivating 'good' behavior by promising rewards has long been the norm. But does it really work?

Alfie Kohn is an educational psychologist who has made a career out of questioning conventional wisdom in the field of human learning and behavior. In this book, Kohn tackles the common behavioral approach to education and child-rearing. Through countless studies and persuasive arguments, the author builds a powerful case that traditional grading, standardized tests, and incentive programs may not only be ineffective, but actually counterproductive.

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"There is time to admire the grace and persuasive power of an influential idea, and there is a time to fear its hold over us, the time to worry is when the idea is so widely shared that we no longer even notice it."

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