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Alfie Kohn

off time. As kids, we are often quite familiar with the concept of play, as many participate in youth sports at a young age. However, in Alfie Kohn’s No Contest, Kohn asserts that participation in youth sports is inherently harmful to one’s self confidence saying, “Sports not only reflect the prevailing mores of our society but perpetuate them” (Kohn 184). Yet Kohn falls short in his argument against competitive youth sports because he fails to acknowledge that not all youth interpret failure in the...

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Alfie Kohn's Beyong Discipline

Alfie Kohn’s Beyond Discipline About Alfie Kohn: - A former teacher who is now a full-time writer and lecturer. - Wrote several influential books and published numerous journal articles relating to motivation, grading, discipline, and developing caring people. - Recognized as one of the most original thinkers in education - www.afliekohn.org Kohn’s Contributions: - Instruction should be based off constructivist theory. o Constructivist Theory holds that students cannot receive knowledge...

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It is Not All about the Grades

learning material should be student’s main goal. They should do this besides the fact of grade inflation. Although grade inflation does bring out the understanding of the material instead of the focus on receiving, not achieving a high letter grade. Alfie Kohn said in “THE DANGEROUS MYTH OF GRADE INFALTION” teachers are deciding for the students and sorting them for employers or graduate schools. Teachers cannot make this assumption based on scores the students received on tests and projects. If the teachers...

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Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work Paper

Lauren Hartigan Human Resource Management Professor Ferrari M/W 3:50 Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work The article titled Why Incentive Plans Cannot Work by Alfie Kohn was very interesting. Rewards offer temporary compliance that can ultimately destroy relationships among employees. It hinders the ability to manage a company. It creates short-term success and does not mean long-term commitment. In this, I find that incentives do not alter the attitudes that...

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Competition Is Good

The author Alfie Kohn who is harshly against competition for children said, “The evidence overwhelmingly suggests that competition is destructive, particularly, but not exclusively, for children”. He also talked about how in the Olympics there are only three medal winners, and how each winner stands taller than the other. He says that it is the parent’s job to prepare their children for the scarce amount of rewards and trophy’s out in the world. There are also other things that Mr. Kohn agrees with...

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Eng 101

Education 1 The Importance of an Education Ashley Todd ENG 101-D20 4/04/2013 Education 2 The Importance of an Education When Alfie Kohn wrote his paper What Does It Mean to Be Well-Educated? he tried to focus on everyone's point of view. He wrote about how there are many different types of people who are able to hold a job with maybe just one degree against the other who may be unemployed but have multiple degrees. Why would having more initials at the end of your name guarantee your success...

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Causes of cheating in School

into the look. Professors and instructors may see some situations that a student may be very nervous about a certain assignment a day before a huge essay is due, yet the next day the work turned in is exactly what another student has turned in. As Alfie Kohn (2008) explains in his article, “Because competition, a relentless focus on achievement, and bad pedagogy aren't new, it stands to reason that cheating isn't exactly a recent development either.” Competition and cheating should not be a trend for...

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Competition and People

shaped us for the better.” What McDonell is saying is that sports and competition have shaped America to the point where in a lot of families it’s what brings them together. However in the Case Against Competition Alfie Kohn says “ One person can succeed only if the other fails.” Alfie Kohn makes a very valid argument however in the end can’t competition just be for fun too even if one does fail, its called good sportsmanship. People should be happy that they get the chance to compete against others...

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Response Essay

Response Essay In reading the three articles, “From Degrading to De-Grading” by Alfie Kohn, “And Now He is Nothing” by Michael Specter and “Dilma Rousseff” by Simon Romero my impressions of each article varies from one of unbelief to affirmation. As compelling as the ideology of not grading is, the practicality of implementation would be enormous. The assumption that Lance Armstrong is now nothing can it really be so easily dismissed? Finally, Dilma Rousseff rise to power as a right of previous...

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Human Resources at Kpmg

more collectivistic, each employee feels that he/she is part of a team. These employees often prefer group-based compensation. It is important to consider the values and norms of a country when designing an incentive plan. Question #4 One of Alfie Kohn’s recommendations was to abolish incentive pay. However, KPMG still offers year-end and “encore” bonuses. Despite this shortfall, KPMG does an excellent job of following Kohn’s other recommendations. For example, KPMG provides its employees an...

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