on January 20, 2014
This book is sorely needed in our culture - Kohn presents children as "people in the making" rather than wild ruffians who need to be controlled. His work backs up the work of people like Haim Ginott, Thomas Gordon, Dianne Gossen and many others who have a more humanistic approach to raising children than what our culture predominantly sells to parents and teachers. This book is a very important part of a move to more thoughtful and humane ways to raise our young.
on July 19, 2002
Don't get me wrong. The book was relatively easy to read. BUT ALFIE HAS NO CREDENTIALS IN THIS FIELD! He has never been a teacher. He has no educational certification. He's an arm-chair general telling you what he thinks is wrong with education, and there's plenty wrong. Unfortunately, without that background in the field, his arguments and positions are extreme. It's an unreasoned "throw the baby out" approach similar to his anti-testing rhetoric that complains, but does not suggest viable, reasoned alternatives. I know where the holes are -- the dam in full of them. Give me reasoned solutions please! If that's what you're looking for, don't buy this book or any of Alfie's material.