FEAR OF SPOILING:
Rethinking Common Assumptions About Children
The conventional wisdom is that helicopter parents are everywhere, overprotecting their children instead of letting them learn from failure; that we indulge and coddle rather than setting limits, with the result that we're raising a generation of narcissists; that grades are inflated and trophies handed out too readily. But are these criticisms new? Are they true? And what underlying values -- as well as assumptions about child development, human behavior, and motivation -- have led even political progressives to sound like social conservatives when the conversation turns to children? Drawing from his newest book, The Myth of the Spoiled Child, Alfie Kohn challenges media-stoked fears and misconceptions about kids -- what they're like and how they're raised.
Alfie Kohn is the author of 13 books, including PUNISHED BY REWARDS, THE SCHOOLS OUR CHILDREN DESERVE,UNCONDITIONAL PARENTING, THE HOMEWORK MYTH, and, just published, THE MYTH OF THE SPOILED CHILD. He has been described by Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” Kohn lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org.
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