Alfie Kohn on the next U.S. Secretary of Education

Alfie Kohn's new article in The Nation comes out in print next week. You can read it early online and get his perspectives on the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Here's a quote:


Almost never questioned ... are the core elements of traditional schooling, such as lectures, worksheets, quizzes, grades, homework, punitive discipline and competition. That would require real reform, which of course is off the table.

I'm sure that many of you are unsurprised that Kohn is one of my favorite education writers. My all-time favorite education book is Beyond Discipline. I like how Kohn speaks truth to power and is willing to hold topics up to the light that are given little thought by most educators because they're so deeply ingrained in the system.

Update: if the link at The Nation doesn't work for you, this one should.

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