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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Even praise rewads become a verbal bribe that gets kids hooked on our approval. Reewards you’ve read such books as Mindset: Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. If I tell one of my staff members that he or she did a terrific job on something, am I giving a reward at that point?

Failure, after all, is prima facie evidence of not having tried hard enough. After reading the book, I understand more about why rewards are so stressful- they quickly become equivalent to punishments. She now eats vanilla yoghurt: Unfortunately because the book is divided into sections above, it gets repetitious.

But there is another, perhaps surprising explanation. That’s an interesting question, and I wish more educators would ask it, regardless of what the answer turns out to be. It is simply to succeed at obtaining the reward. We are closer today than we were when Kohn first published his book to finding alternative methods of paying people that allow real high performing organizations to exist.

The author of eleven books and scores of articles, he lectures at education conferences and universities as well as to parent groups and corporations. You’re saying that’s the case even for kids who find a certain task rewarding for its own sake? To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.


The truth is that there are qualitatively different kinds of motivation. This doctrine vy special koh for those who are doing well, first because it allows them to think their blessings are deserved, and second because it spares them from having to feel too guilty about or take any responsibility for those who have much less.

It seems to go against our everyday experience. I really feel that Kohn has taken away my parenting tools without giving me an adequate replacement. Alfie Kohn Snippet view – First, “what about praise?

I loathe kohj for this, but has Alfie ever tried out his preaching with an afternoon 10th grade class?

Punished by Rewards, by Alfie Kohn, reviewedby Brian Martin

The author lost me when he started talking about grades being a reward. You don’t just replace incentive systems with non-incentive systems, or something like that.

Reading this book helped me to understand that frustration, and non-interest is a normal reaction to bribery. Not that I don’t believe his arguments It is indeed a radical book, as one review stated. Praise can be counterproductive too. The main problems that I have had are when parents punisheed teachers though punishdd never children seem unable to make the change. When I read it, I loved it.

I am grateful to have read this book while my children are still young and I have a chance to make alfoe choices about how I respond to them, what schools we choose, etc. Cannot recommend more highly.

My daughter does like to get a reward when she accomplishes something that’s difficult for her!

Punished by Rewards?: A Conversation with Alfie Kohn

I think the bottom line is that “do this and you will get that” is an easy way to administer both rewards and punishments. By virtue of being controlling, they’re likely to be experienced as aversive in the long run.


I sometimes talk about the three Cs of motivation. Like a wind-up toy, a child who has introjected a particular value will stay in motion after the controller has left the scene.

Punished by Rewards

You don’t have to ask “why? A good punisged for beginner teachers. The third C is choice: For example, most of the federal government’s interventions in higher education since have been based on a punish-and-reward strategy.

She sees the goodies from the dollar store and wants to try a new food or retry a new food, since it takes more than 1 try to like a food, puished say to get the coveted toy she’s seen.

Every teacher should read this book–if this doesn’t change your perspective on classroom management, you might want to seek an alternate line of work. It’s that time again.

Instead, I focus on the intrinsically rewarding aspects of the things, and sometimes I don’t get what I want. After graduating and getting a job much sooner than expected, I decided to read this book. So it became a ‘because i rewadrs so and i don’t want to scare you so i’m not telling you why’.

Punished by Rewards? A Conversation with Alfie Kohn – Educational Leadership

The koh idea is that rewards decrease intrinsic motivation, reduce enjoyment of the thing itself. I let her learn by her own experience that she actually likes dance class. Every parent, teacher, and manager should read this book — and hurry. I first read this book shortly after it was published, and it was the trigger for me to change the direction of my career!