An exclusive opportunity to see the legendary Alfie by live video link


Listen to him present and then hear him answer some very challenging questions about motivation - put forward by our onstage expert panel: Michael Carr-Gregg, Maggie Dent and Helen Street.


Many educators, realizing that threats and punishment are counterproductive, try instead to reward children for good performance or behaviour.  The trouble, however, is that rewards and punishments are really not opposites at all; they are two sides of the same coin . . . and the coin doesn't buy very much.  "Do this and you'll get that" -- like "do this or here's what I'll do to you" -- is really a way of controlling students.  And control can never produce anything more than short-term obedience. 


In fact, research shows that children who see themselves as learning or behaving in order to receive some sort of reward are likely to lose interest in whatever they had to do to get the goody -- and to become less responsible for their own (and others') behaviour.


In this live video link presentation, Alfie Kohn will discuss the counterproductive effects of praise (that is, verbal rewards).  And he'll argue that the most destructive reward system of all is anything involving competition.  The alternative to doing things TO children (with rewards or consequences) is to work WITH them to help them become lifelong learners and responsible, caring people.


About Alfie


Alfie Kohn is the American author of 14 books on education, parenting, and human behavior, including Punishes by Rewards (1993), Beyond Discipline (1996), The Schools Our Children Deserve (1999), Unconditional Parenting (2005), The Homework Myth (2006), and The Myth of the Spoiled Child (2014).  Among his many articles:  “Five Reasons to Stop Saying ‘Good Job!’” in Young Children, “The Case Against Grades" in Educational Leadership, and “The 'Mindset' Mindset” in Salon (online).  Kohn has appeared twice on “Oprah” and has been described by Time magazine as America's “most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.”  A former teacher, he now works with educators throughout the world.  Kohn lives (actually) in the Boston area and (virtually) at www.alfiekohn.org