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What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated

the category of “well informed” rather than “well educated.” Alfie Kohn is one of my favourite writers. He is leading , insightful and sometimes controversial force in working to improve our education system. He has written and spoken extensively about his insights into many of the very challenging problems in our education system “The main aim of education should be to produce competent, caring, loving and lovable people” Kohn believes that “The main aim of education should be to produce...

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Being Well-Educated

institution and obtaining an education does not translate into being well-educated. On the other hand, being able to perform a specific task very well but lacking in some very basic academic fundamentals does not mean a person is well-educated either. Alfie Kohn examines what it means to be well-educated and I will respond to some of his thoughts on the topic. What exactly is being well-educated? Being educated can mean many different things to a variety of different...

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Heron Jones Somnambulism

happiness. Kohn and Jones argue that people use extrinsic motivators to provide intrinsic happiness for themselves without knowing the toll they are carrying; instead people should tend to follow their dreams and focus on intrinsic motivators to provide intrinsic happiness. As a result, individuals are either unaware or unsure of their intrinsic goals and feel that their goals will be unaccomplished In society, one’s intrinsic ambitions are less prioritized then extrinsic rewards. Jones and Kohn both...

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Pros and Cons of Standardized Education

Pros and Cons of Standardized Education Although Alfie Kohn attacks the grading system specifically, he would agree with John Taylor Gatto’s claim that the standardization of schools is focused on the “mass-producing of unimaginative, conformist, mediocre children .” Both display a cynical tone about a system that is plagued by a “factory-oriented approach.” While validated by research, theorist and historians, their criticisms are not true for every student involved in the United Sates educational...

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The Effects of Standardized Tests on Education

schools, while students may be held back a year or denied a high school diploma if they don’t test well, regardless of their over-all academic record. All together, these tactics are known as ‘high stakes’ testing. There may not be data on this, but Alfie Kohn states “the people who work most closely with kids are the most likely to understand the limits of standardized tests.” He says that “support for testing seems to grow as you move away from the students, going from teacher to principal to central...

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Somnambulism Analysis

Albert Einstein once said, “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value”. Implying that people tend to get blinded in the hunt of personal triumph in their lives that they forget what really is important to them. Similarly, in Alfie Kohn’s How “Not to Get into College”, Daniel Barwick’s “The So Called Iced Cream” and Heron Jones’s Somnambulist, the authors develop the message that people assume that chasing external rewards equals joy and satisfaction in their lives. However,...

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Essay 1

well-educated. Being well-educated can come in many different ways. So what does it mean to be well-educated? In this essay, I will give some examples as to what I feel well-educated means to me, other than having a degree. As I read thru the article by Alfie Kohn about principle leadership on what does it mean to be well-educated; I became very intrigued. Over my 21 years with the US Army, I have had several officers over me who have their degree but still not educated on life in the military. Yes, they...

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Standardized Testing Biased

stopped. Standardized test are bad news across the field of education, but it is more distressing to students. Not only are these test designed to sort and categorize children, but it also causes certain schools to be closed because of low scores. As Alfie Kohn says, “Standardized testing has swelled and mutated, like a creature in one of those old horror movies, to the point that it now threatens to swallow our schools whole.” Imagine how it might feel for a child who doesn’t live in the best neighbor...

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What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated

of the tests that I took. I had a knack to cramming in the facts right before the test and it always worked. It wasn't hard work and motivation that earned me A's and B's but my ability to take tests. In an article about standardized testing, Alfie Kohn writes: In a study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, elementary school students were classified as “actively” engaged in learning if they asked questions of themselves while they read and tried to connect...

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What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated

lost. Kohn states in his article: “No one should offer pronouncements about what it means to be well-educated without meeting my ex-wife. When I met her, she was at Harvard, putting the finishing touches on her doctoral dissertation in anthropology. A year later, having spent her entire life in school, she decided to do the only logical thing . . . and apply to medical school. She will, however, freeze up if you ask her what 8 times 7 is, because she never learned the multiplication table.”(Kohn 2003)...

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