Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes

The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: Do this and you'll get that. We dangle goodies (from candy bars to sales commissions) in front of people in much the same way we train the family pet. Drawing on a wealth of psychological research, Alfie Kohn points the way to a more successful strategy b The basic strategy we use for raising children, teaching students, and managing workers can be summarized in six words: D...

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Title:Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes
Author:Alfie Kohn
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Genres:Education
ISBN:Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A'S, Praise, and Other Bribes
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:430 pages pages

Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise and Other Bribes Reviews

  • David
    Sep 27, 2010
    What a great book! I have long been bothered by the question, "How do you motivate people?" And the answer is here--you cannot motivate people with extrinsic rewards. You can only set up situations so that the motivation comes from within, intrinsically. You must do this by giving the ...
  • Elizabeth  Fuller
    Aug 12, 2007
    A lot of what the author says - that the use of rewards as motivators (for children, students, employees, etc.) is not only ineffective, but often detrimental to morale and motivation - makes a lot of sense, and certainly represents a fresh perspective. Despite this, however, I couldn'...
  • Clint
    Jun 14, 2010
    A great book. The book is written for two audiences, educators and business professionals. I only had to read the sections that pertained to education, but after reading them, I am curious to know if the business world is like the education world. I will not praise Alfie for writing a ...
  • Beth Williams
    Jan 13, 2011
    This book blew me away. It has made me rethink so many things I've come to accept as just "the way things are" and realize the Skinnerian world in which we were all raised. "Do this, and you get that" is such a given and such an easy quick fix to the way we obtain compliance as teacher...
  • Deborah
    Jan 25, 2008
    As a self-motivated person who takes pride in a job well done, I've always felt that incentives at school and in the workplace served to undermine the value of my personal achievements. Due to this perspective, Alfie Kohn's book resonated well with me; however there are some who feel t...
  • Kelly Deriemaeker
    Dec 10, 2018
    Mind blown. Werk aan mijn winkel. ...
  • Beth A.
    Apr 19, 2009
    I love parenting books, and I love exploring different ideas on how to parent , but this one was more difficult for me. The first few chapters are based on the assumption that no one human has the right to control another person. The idea is abhorrent to Kohn. This may be true in the w...
  • Jennifer
    Oct 02, 2014
    The overarching premise of this book is that rewarding people can actually decrease the desired behavior. When people are manipulated by "if you do [x], then you get [y]" type rewards, the extrinsic motivator (the reward) starts to replace any intrinsic motivation the person might have...
  • Sharlee
    Mar 13, 2008
    As a college student, I had been very interested in Alfie Kohn's philosophies. After graduating and getting a job much sooner than expected, I decided to read this book. I am amazed by how much we control other people with rewards. I've never been a fan of behaviorism...in any form. Wh...
  • Nicole
    Feb 02, 2012
    I like how the book is broken up so you could essentially just read about what interests you in regards to rewards whether work, child rearing or school. I felt all pertained to me. This book depressed me! It was written in 1993 & he presents a lot of supporting research, yet N...
  • Arlene S
    Jan 23, 2016
    (1993) Thought provoking, cogent, and convincing -- with an undercurrent (or undertow !) of democratic socialism. (His "anti-rewards" ideas-- may be good in theory, but likely this is one of the cases where theories are tricky to put into practice. He gives few if any alternative viabl...
  • Marshall
    May 31, 2010
    I didn't give this book a 5 for fantastic writing. Although, Kohn is funny and insightful at times but he is also kind of repetitive (if you only read the first 5 chapters you'd learn everything you needed to know about the problem with rewards). The ideas in this book rang true to me ...
  • Kate
    Apr 13, 2013
    this book is so great in the one main thing it set out to do, which is to point out 1) how totally saturated our culture is in giving people rewards to act the way you want them to (behavioralism, a notion/technique popularized by BF Skinner but around for ages), and 2) to point out al...
  • Sherry (sethurner)
    Apr 10, 2009
    It has been a while since I read Alfie Kohn's book. I heard him speak at a teachers' convention and was intrigued by his assertion that teachers and parents kill children's motivation by offering rewards/bribes. So, candy, stickers, certificates, cash and other incentives really don't ...
  • Brittney DeFriez
    Mar 25, 2011
    To sum it up, this book is how we are slaves and make each other slaves to rewards when, if fact rewards are actaully shown to decrease intrinsic motivation. Case studies showed children who were given a reward if they played with certain toys and then, once that reward was taken, the ...
  • Karin
    Jan 17, 2013
    My daughter's gr. 1 teacher just announced that if the kids read 100 books, they'd get a reward. Instead of being enthusiastic, or eager to read, DD just got upset and worried that now she can't get the reward because 100 seemed way too many. How different is 100 from a bazillion to a ...
  • Lisa Delaine Youngblood
    Nov 27, 2012
    I have never read a book that so questioned societal norms, nor have I ever altered my views so much based on the concepts introduced in a book. The title of this book explains exactly what readers can expect. As with any book discussing parenting skills, work levels, and manipulation,...
  • Jurgen Appelo
    Nov 14, 2013
    Rock-solid research offered with cheeky humor. Required reading for every manager, teacher, and parent. ...
  • Corinne Campbell
    Dec 30, 2012
    Every, teacher, parent, manager, politician, administrator should read this book. ...
  • Nurlan Imangaliyev
    Feb 22, 2018
    If you are a teacher, parent or a manager, please read this book before it's too late. If you've read such books as Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck or Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink, then you'll find many familiar ideas and st...
  • Amy
    Mar 05, 2017
    For a 24 year old book, Punished by Rewards remains relevant and thought-provoking. That said, it does suffer being read so long after publication when the related science has advanced so much. My rating here is heavily influenced by the fact that this is an older science book, not any...
  • Michael
    May 18, 2018
    Every now and then a paradigm shifting book comes along my way. It's that time again. I went into this book a bit sceptical, amused by the cover and its premise, and wondering how the author was going to convince me that 'praise' could be detrimental, and other ridiculous ideas that so...
  • Megan Cooper
    Jul 18, 2012
    A must read for parents, teachers, bosses. A little alarming, and left me wondering what to do in lieu of all the praises and rewards (although Mindset, as I recall, does offer both solutions and food for thought on how to just give useful feedback, and what that is). Well-researched, ...
  • Alok
    Apr 26, 2015
    I am a firm believer that the work obeys classical economics to first order. I personally take great enjoyment in maximising the value I receive from things. But I realise now that the reason I like to do it is because I enjoy the optimisation process and solving puzzles - often the be...
  • Stone
    Dec 07, 2017
    Why (inappropriate) rewards are bad? - Make you feel being controlled and enforced - Can influence interpersonal relationships in a negative way - Hinder innovations - Distract you from the intrinsic values of your work itself - Gradually kill your interest in works you'd otherwis...
  • RandomScholar
    Jul 29, 2017
    This is a hard pill to swallow for people who have been using positive reinforcement since the beginning of time, but it is a pill that we must swallow if we hope to improve education at all. ...
  • Seth Warner
    Aug 04, 2017
    but u knew ...
  • Федор Кривов
    Jul 09, 2018
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  • Reemda
    Aug 11, 2018
    Super interesting book! The viewpoints presented are not very compatible with much of what I believed before reading it, so there were quite some revelations in there. One or two things put me off a little - for example the author's #1 goal in childraising seems to be to make the chil...
  • M.J. Lau
    Mar 24, 2017
    Every teacher should read this book--if this doesn't change your perspective on classroom management, you might want to seek an alternate line of work. ...