No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning

My eldest son was a 'Gina Ford baby'. I read The Contented Little Baby Book and tried to follow Gina's suggested routines. As a new parent, her ideas certainly helped me to feel some control over the new arrival in our lives!

I have just dipped into another Gina Ford book for some potty training advice. I am dealing with a very stubborn toddler, so was disappointed to find her advice is basically to bribe. It is interesting how much of the parenting philosophy in our culture is based upon bribes ... reward and punishment, carrots and sticks, sticker charts, naughty steps, grades, golden time, detentions.

Some years ago I read Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn, a book which turned these parenting ideas on their head. (I have mentioned this before in an earlier post, which you can read here.)

I was interested, therefore, to pick up the link to these thought provoking vignettes from Alfie Kohn: No Grades + No Homework = Better Learning. There are 4 parts, clips from a DVD which you can purchase. The clips are entitled: "It's Bad News if Students are Motivated to Get A's", "Achievement vs Learning", "Making Students Work a 'Second Shift'" and "Are Kids Like Vending Machines?" They are each only around a minute long. Worth a watch. Enjoy!

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