Alfie Kohn is a former teacher who now writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education, and parenting. His 11 books include Punished by Rewards(1993), The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards” (1999), The Case Against Standardized Testing (2000), What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated? (2004), Unconditional Parenting (2005), and The Homework Myth (2006).
Kohn has been described by 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, meanwhile, have helped to shape the thinking of educators—as well as parents and managers—across the country and abroad. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including the “Today” show and two appearances on “Oprah.” His many articles include “Feel-Bad Education: The Cult of Rigor and the Loss of Joy” in Education Week, “Five Reasons to Stop Saying ‘Good Job!’” in Young Children, “Challenging Students—And How to Have More of Them” in Phi Delta Kappan, and “From Degrading to De-Grading” in High School Magazine.
In addition to keynoting national education conferences, Kohn conducts workshops for teachers and administrators on various topics, including “Beyond Bribes and Threats: Realistic Alternatives to Controlling Students' Behavior.” He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.