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Alfie Kohn: 'Achievement' at the Expense of 'Learning' -- at School and at Home

Chris Thinnes

"What grade did you get?"... "What did your teacher think?"... With reference to these and other “deeply anti-intellectual questions” we often pose to children, Kohn emphasizes “a single, powerful distinction” between asking kids to focus on their performance, and asking them to focus on their learning. Examining six consequences of our systemic overemphasis of ‘achievement’ and ‘rigor,’ Kohn invites us to reflect on what practices predictably contribute to the problem. (MORE:

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