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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Promising high marks for good work is diversionary if a student is having problems at home. We break ideas down into tiny pieces that bear no relation to the whole.

Or when you discredit opposing ideas entirely, make your point in a more refined way and I went into this book a bit sceptical, amused by the cover and its premise, and wondering how the author was going to convince me that ‘praise’ could be detrimental, and kohm ridiculous ideas that sound like they come from hippy liberals who are still traumatised by never winning a ribbon on school sports day.

As a self-motivated person who takes pride in a job well done, I’ve always felt that incentives at school and in the workplace served to undermine the value of my personal achievements.

A clear, convincing demonstration…written with style, humor, and authority.

Punished by Rewards Quotes by Alfie Kohn

This was a great book. It’s remarkable how often educators use the word motivation when what they mean is compliance. I want my children to be motivated by intrinsic motivation, to have and act upon values deeply rooted within themselves. Aug 04, Seth Warner rated it it was amazing. Kohn gives several reasons why rewards produce poorer rather than better performance. Many do seem to still be thinking of this book in terms they were educated in and reluctant to move from that.

He also argues that they are not effective. Positive feedback that is perceived as information is not in itself destructive and indeed can be quite constructive, educationally speaking.


A lot upnished educators feel strongly that they need even more praise than other kids. The more rewards are used, the more they seem to be needed. Buy the selected items together This item: The main problems that I have had are when parents and teachers though almost never children seem unable to make the change.

My students were punisbed when I took over and explained that I do not give treats for asking questions or learning. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Now sometimes you don’t have a choice about what you do at work. Kohn methodically and scientifically deconstructs behaviourism’s puni Every now and then a paradigm shifting book comes along alfi way. Surely it’s unrealistic to expect that all kids will find all the curriculum intrinsically motivating.

Teachers who depart from this norm by letting them talk more freely are said to have lost control of their classrooms. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy based on working with people instead of doing things konh them. See, i thot that getting something tangible helps her think about something other than how afraid she is. Cannot recommend more highly.

What you’re saying is not going to be readily accepted by most people. 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.

The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. Still, the same principles apply for all other values, so I don’t mind it too much. Ideas from the Field. As Thought provoking, cogent, and convincing — with an undercurrent or undertow!

The book is written for two audiences, educators and business professionals. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. My daughter does like to get a reward when she accomplishes something that’s difficult for her!

It was also difficult from the audio version to check his sources and see if he was being selective in the research he used to back his points, but I have enough life experiences of behaviourism to know exactly what he was talking about most of the time.


Explore the Home Gift Guide. I highly recommend this book to every educator in schools, day cares, churches, and parents. Skillful teaching involves facilitating the process by which kids come to grapple with complex ideas—and those ideas, as John Dewey has told us, have to emerge organically from the real-life interests and concerns of the kids.

I realized that he had no collaboration, bad content, and no choice in the matter. Control breeds the need for more control, which is used to justify the use of control. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Kohn demonstrates that we actually do inferior work when we are enticed with money, grades, or other incentives—and are apt to lose interest in whatever we were bribed to do. You can imagine some of the other kids coming up to her after class: Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy b The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: This makes sense to me.

Rewars seems so contrary to our everyday experience. A huge amount of research went into this book; all of the findings are extremely well documented. P Ryan and Deci have made an important distinction qlfie 2 versions of internalization. Do this and you’ll get that. The first C is content. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Rewards are most damaging to interest when the task is already intrinsically motivating.

The idea rewars abhorrent to Kohn.