Middlebury

March 21, 2001

"… perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation
on grades [and] test scores." ---Time magazine

Nationally known education writer Alfie Kohn to speak April 3

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Nationally known education writer Alfie Kohn will give a talk titled "The Deadly Effects of ‘Tougher Standards’ on American Education" on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. The lecture will take place in Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Hepburn Road off College Street (Route 125), and is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by the College and the Addison Central Supervisory Union.

Kohn has written eight books on education—his most recent is "The Case Against Standardized Testing: Raising the Scores and Ruining the Schools." He is also the author of "The Schools Our Children Deserve," and has appeared on many radio and television shows, including "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and the "Today" show. Time magazine called him "… perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores."

Kohn declares, "An ill-informed version of school reform has been embraced by politicians, corporate executives, and journalists, all demanding ‘accountability,’ which turns out to be a euphemism for more control over what happens in classrooms by people who are not in classrooms."

In his talk, he will explain what he sees as the difference between authentic challenge and a mindless "harder is better" mentality, as well as the difference between standards as guidelines for better teaching and standards as rigid lists of facts students must know.

Following the talk, a reception will take place in the Redfield Proctor Room of Proctor Hall, across Hepburn Road from Mead Chapel. The reception is also free and open to the public.

For further information, visit the College’s Web site at http://cet.middlebury.edu/alfie/, or contact Gregg Humphrey of the Middlebury College teacher education program at 802-443-5116 or ghumphre@middlebury.edu.

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