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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Praise can be counterproductive too. Second, rewards cause disruptions in relationships, especially when competition is involved. Remove “clean room” and insert it with any other task – maths homework, greeting elders, behaving in class, meeting a quota, reading a book, etc.

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise and Other Bribes

I have never read a book that so questioned societal norms, nor kojn I ever altered my views so much based on the concepts introduced in a book. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. No research supports the idea that praising children for inching up the adult-constructed ladder helps them develop a sense rrewards competence. I felt all pertained to me. It’s not what you think though. In this groundbreaking book, Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is slfie strategy that ultimately fails and even does lasting harm.


Account Options Sign in. I am amazed by how much we control other people with rewards. He can be reached at School St.

Punished by Rewards – (Book) – Alfie Kohn

It seemed inspired and appealed to my soft spot for rebellion. I really feel that Kohn has taken away my parenting tools without giving me an adequate replacement. But does it really work? I don’t want to scare her. Let us be honest when we reward or punish by asking ourselves for whom we are doing it them or us? The author currently resides in Belmont, Massachusetts.

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I highly recommend this book to every educator punidhed schools, day cares, churches, and parents. Refresh and try again. Aug 12, Elizabeth Fuller rated it really liked it. Or when you give readers false dichotomies. This week she went to class no problem. His “anti-rewards” ideas– may be good in theory, but likely this is one of the cases where theories are tricky to put into practice.

To sum it up, this book is how we are slaves and make each other slaves to rewards when, if fact rewards are actaully shown to decrease intrinsic motivation. I’m Alfie’s newest fan girl, and have requested all his other books from the library. That is not the case with gold stars, candy bars, and A ‘s, which I believe are inherently destructive. The very need to keep offering treats to elicit desired behavior may offer a clue about the lack of long-term effects of rewards.


I personally take great enjoyment in maximising the value I receive from things. I took most extrinsic rewards out of my dealings with my children, with my staff, and with our customers.

Punished by Rewards Quotes by Alfie Kohn

It’s great stuff, and as a mom, has me looking at my own techniques for keeping the three year old in line. I mean, more than the usual repetitive idea-based, non-fiction best seller. This was a great book. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

Aug 11, Reemda rated it really liked it. Having read some of the previous reviews on this topic I find them to be suitably erudite as the subject matter in this book is. Don’t have a Kindle?

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We are afraid to tell them when they get something wrong in fear of ruining self-esteem. Lau rated it it was amazing.