Alfie Kohn is the author of 14 books, including The Myth of the Spoiled Child.

January 16, 2019
Mulitz Theater 
7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public! 


"Perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”

—Time Magazine

What does it mean to say we want our kids to be “successful”? In some neighborhoods, that word translates as making higher grades and test scores than other people’s children . . . so they’ll be accepted by elite colleges . . . so they’ll get high-paying jobs . . . so they can . . . well, what? Erich Fromm once observed that “few parents have the courage to care more for their children’s happiness than for their success.” Indeed, research shows that affluent, high-achieving students are more likely to suffer from depression – and less likely to value learning for its own sake. Alfie Kohn invites us to rethink basic assumptions about competition, school achievement, and the relationship between how we’re raising our kids and how we hope they’ll turn out.

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  • Alfie Kohn

    Alfie Kohn is the author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including Punished by Rewards (1993), The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999), Unconditional Parenting (2005), The Homework Myth (2006), The Myth of the Spoiled Child (2014), and, most recently, Schooling Beyond Measure (2015). He has written for most of the leading education periodicals and has appeared twice on “Oprah.” Time magazine described him as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” Kohn works with educators and parents across the country and speaks regularly at national conferences. He lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at
An independent school serving students from age 2 through grade 12 in Howard County, Maryland.