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Introduction to Education

Kim. "What Is The Purpose Of Education? - Forbes." Information for the World's Business Leaders - Forbes.com. Forbes.com, 15 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Jan. 2013. <http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2012/08/15/what-is-the-purpose-of-education/> * .Kohn, Alfie. The Schools our Children Deserve. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999. Print....

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Is Mankind Inherently Evil

early age believe evil should be punished. In an editorial written by Alfie Kohn for The Teacher Magazine she explains that although cruel events do happen it doesn't mean that humans are cruel. Kohn gives the example of war, individuals are drafted into war to fight for the state stating. Therefore, war is state versus state, instead of man versus man fighting. She brings up the idea of humans being naturally aggressive. Miss Kohn says, “Humans are bound to be aggressive….one may be relatively unlikely...

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iPhones, and iPods would not exist today. He is an intelligent man and has brought on huge changes in todays society. It is not our place to judge who is and who is not educated based on these assumptions References Kohn, Alfie. "What Does It Mean to Be Well Educated?." Alfie Kohn author teacher lecturer www.alfiekohn.org. N.p., n.d. Web. 2 Feb. 2012. <http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/welleducated.htm>. "Proverbs 9:10-11 ESV - The fear of the LORD is the beginning - Bible Gateway." BibleGateway...

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Persuasive Speech Examples

Furthermore, most importantly, we seek for “A” grade on our assignments and exams. Yes, as everyone knows, “A” represents something nice, wonderful, astonishing and impressive. “A grade is different things to different people at different times,” said Alfie Kohn, an eminent American author in the area of education. In other words, every single person interprets the score he or she receives differently in different situations: one may get satisfied with “C” on his exams or get so angry with “A-,” just because...

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The A-F Grading System

skills by the A-F grading system. Students will not enjoy or dedicate themselves in this learning experience with the A-F grading student because the individual will lack academic learning interest and thinking skills. According to the article, Alfie Kohn argues that A-F grading system will not motivate students to understand the information, take in challenge, and learn about other correlated materials. From this argument, we can also conclude that students will focus more on their performance of...

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Do you believe that Capitalism is moral? Justify you answer.

exist, is not good. Companies doing their best to fulfill consumers needs as state above. They maximize their own interests of profit maximization by satisfying the interest of the consumers. According to Alfie Kohn argue, trying to do well and trying to beat others are two different things (Kohn, 1987). A firm produce a product well is trying to do well for himself? Or it purpose is to beat his competitor in the competition? For eg, you study is to satisfy your parents or for your own self knowledge...

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The Case Against Standardized Testing

drawbacks (Lahey. 2014). For instance. a study in 1992 shows that the number of parents living at home. parents educational background. type of community, and state poverty rate made up an alarming eighty-nine percent of the differences in state scores (Kohn. 2000). While tests have changed since then. other. more up-to-date studies show similar trends today (Sanchez. 2010). This may be because higher-class students are more able to prepare for tests at home. With tests showing more the size of a student's...

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Psychology Punishment and Reward

matching of demand and skill “ (Marr, para 4, 2000). According to Alfie Kohn in 1995, Rewards and punishments are both ways of manipulating behavior. They are two forms of doing things to students. And to that extent, all of the research that says it's counterproductive to say to students, "Do this or here is what I'm going to do to you," also applies to saying, "Do this and you'll get that." (Brandt, 1995, p.1). Mr. Kohn believes that rewarding students for learning things that they are...

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Why We Should Have No Grades in School

the best grade possible a student tends to pick the less challenging task in order to be successful. Kohn makes a very good point when he states “The more pressure to get an A, the less inclination to truly challenge oneself. Thus, students who cut corners may not be lazy so much as rational; they are adapting to an environment where good grades, not intellectual exploration, are what count”. (Kohn, 473) With this said it seems very clear that there is no reason to pick a challenging subject, when...

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Education Reform

upheaval of the 1950s and 1960s gave way to higher standards and the onus of accountability was beginning to shift to teachers. B. In The Schools our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and “Tougher Standards”, published in 1999, Alfie Kohn writes that by the end of the 1970s, two thirds of the states had mandated that high school students had to pass minimum competency tests to graduate. C. The 1983 report A Nation at Risk states “…the educational foundations of our society are...

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