SOLES and Element Education Present Alfie Kohn

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Mother Rosalie Hill Hall, 116

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




The School of Leadership and Education Sciences, together with Element Education, is pleased to host Alfie Kohn. Kohn's criticisms of competition and rewards have been widely discussed and debated, and he has been described in Time magazine as "perhaps the country's most outspoken critic of education's fixation on grades [and] test scores."

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
University of San Diego, Warren Auditorium
Reception and Book Signing: 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: 6:00 p.m.

Performance vs. Learning:The Cost of Overemphasizing Achievement

Educational researchers have discovered that there is a significant difference between getting students to think about their performance (that is, how well they are doing) and getting them to think about the learning itself (what they are doing). These orientations often pull in opposite directions, which means that too much emphasis on performance can reduce students’ interest in learning -- and cause them to avoid challenging tasks. When the point is to prove how smart you are, to get a good grade or a high test score, there is less inclination to engage deeply with ideas, to explore and discover and students become preoccupied with achievement.