Alfie Kohn

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Alfie Kohn (1957-) is an American author and speaker on human behavior, education, and parenting. He supports progressive education, using social science research to question “the use of competition, incentive programs, conventional discipline, standardized testing, grades, homework, and traditional schooling.”


Time magazine described him as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”


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Josie is an early childhood educator turned children's librarian from Kansas City, MO. When she's not promoting play and early literacy, she loves to spend time with her family and travel. During her rare moments of free time, you can find Josie curled up with a cat and a good book. Feel free to reach out to her with early literacy questions or ask for book recommendations.


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  2. Kohn, A. (n.d). Biography. Retrieved from
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