The Schools Our Children Deserve: Moving Beyond Traditional Classrooms and "Tougher Standards"

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6.12 X 9.0 X 0.87 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author
Alfie Kohn was recently described by Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores." He is the author of 13 books on education and human behavior, including The Schools Our Children Deserve, The Case Against Standardized Testing, and The Homework Myth. A former teacher, Kohn now works with educators across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in Belmont, Mass. and (virtually) at

"A very important achievement -- a powerful, crisply written assault upon the mad excesses of the educational 'standards' movement." -- Jonathan Kozol

"Alfie Kohn forces readers to ask what our children are doing in school and what skills they really need to succeed in life. If you're a parent or concerned citizen, this book ought to be on your list."

The Washington Times

Linda Perlstein comments that "the activities that he suggests are wonderful" and that Alphie's is "an inspiring philosophy." The Washington Post

"The Schools Our Children Deserve is a very important achievement, a powerful assault upon the mad excesses of the educational standards movement. It is a remarkable book that should become a classic in the field." -- Jonathan Kozol, author of Savage Inequalities

"The Schools Our Children Deserve forces us to reconsider most of what we thought we knew about education -- about homework and standardized testing, about phonics and what makes a good teacher. I want to hand this book to every parent in America and say, 'Before you send your child to school tomorrow, you must read this!'" -- Deborah Meier, educational reformer and author of The Power of Their Ideas: Lessons for America from a Small School in Harlem --