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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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.

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Lastly, give the individual as much control as possible over how the work gets done. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources.

Don’t have a Kindle? It’s not what you think though. It seems to follow, then, that people who do not succeed can be held responsible for their failure. However, the children for whom this is true typically turn punishedd to be those accustomed to being controlled— those who are not trusted, given explanations, encouraged to think for themselves, helped to develop and internalize good values, and so on.

Gewards pre- indicates that what you are doing now doesn’t matter except for what it produces later. Moreover, motivation is something that kids start out with. He believes we should discuss things with kids, employees etc.

Punished by Rewards, by Alfie Kohn, reviewedby Brian Martin

Though thought provoking, the book is repetitious. You know, kids learn to make good choices not by following directions but by making choices. I came away from this book convinced of the complete need to eliminate punishments from my teaching lexicon.


This may be true in the workplace, but for parenting and to a lesser degree schooling, there are times when even the most lenient parent must have some control.

I believe that rewards and punishments are an outgrowth of the control disease promoted throughout the world by England and it’s educational system still in place to this day. He talked about the Three C’s – collaboration, content, and choice. Every parent, teacher, and manager should read this book — and hurry.

Punished by Rewards?: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn

Nov 27, Lisa Delaine Youngblood rated it it was amazing. Alfiee 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 alfiee using Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

I am in for the ride, thanks to Alfie Kohn. It seems to go against our everyday experience. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Apr 19, Beth A.

First, “what about praise? Because the research about bahavioralism is unequivocal. Kohn agrees that behaviourist techniques are used widely. If i reward her for surmounting her fears is that the same as rewarding for something normal? To translate this article, contact permissions ascd. She has introduced competition into the classroom.

Punished by Rewards?: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn – Alfie Kohn

Why inappropriate rewards are bad? Failure, after all, is prima facie evidence of not having tried hard enough. Brian Martin’s book reviews. He can be reached at School St. I like how the book is broken up so you could essentially just read about what interests you in regards to rewards whether work, child rearing or school. His “anti-rewards” ideas– may be good in theory, but likely this is one of the cases where theories are tricky to put into practice.

No trivia or quizzes yet. Try the Kindle edition and rewsrds these great reading features: He divides the book into sections so if you’re just looking for how incentive programs work to motivate employees you can turn to that chapter. Since reading the book, I have stopped akfie my kids f I am a firm believer that the work obeys classical economics to first order.


Instead, we need to examine the task itself, the content of the curriculum, to see how it can be made more engaging. I will try to show that this approach is not only more respectful and humane but also pynished more effective over the long haul at helping children develop a sense of responsibility.

So, if you’re interested only parenting maybe you should try that one. May 18, Michael rated it it was amazing. I realized that he had no collaboration, bad content, and no choice in the matter.

Add both to Cart Add both to List. The second C is community: It’s remarkable how often educators use the word motivation when what they mean is compliance.

Very few things are as dangerous as a bunch of incentive driven individuals trying to play it safe. View all 3 comments. However, that doesn’t give us license to treat kids like pets when the task is uninteresting. Many do seem to still be thinking of this book in terms they were educated in and reluctant to move from that. Many of those who apply unsuccessfully become bitter.

A quote from Reitman: Required reading for every manager, teacher, zlfie parent. Second, the teacher has just turned a learning experience into a quest for triumph.