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Podcast: Giving Kids the Benefit of the Doubt

Podcast: Giving Kids the Benefit of the Doubt

Alfie Kohn

Learn why parents should err on the side of more autonomy for their children, trusting that they’ll make good decisions when given information.

Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education and parenting. He is the author of twelve books, including Unconditional ParentingPunished by RewardsThe Schools Children DeserveThe Homework Myth and the forthcoming Feel-Bad Education.

Kohn has been described by Time Magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades and test scores." He has appeared twice on "Oprah," as well as on "The Today Show," NPR's "Talk of the Nation" and on many other TV and radio programs. He spends much of his time speaking at education conferences, as well as to parent groups, school faculties and researchers.

Kohn has written for publications ranging from The Nation to the Harvard Business Review, and from the Journal of Education to Ladies Home Journal. Among his recent articles: "Five Reasons to Stop Saying 'Good Job!'", "Standardized Testing and Its Victims," "How Not to Teach Values" and "Atrocious Advice from 'Supernanny.'"