Trophies for Just Showing Up: Alfie Kohn on Childrearing Myths


Kids these days! They think they’ve got it all figured out, their self-esteem–for no good reason–is through the roof, and they get trophies just for showing up.

You hear this  stuff almost everywhere, from casual conversations to the newspaper op-ed pages. A new book argues that this conventional wisdom about kids and parenting isn’t just misguided or inaccurate; it forms a worldview reinforces and recommends a specific, deeply conservative, political ideology.

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FAIR spoke with Alfie Kohn, author of the book The Myth of the Spoiled Child: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom About Children and Parenting, on the April 11 episode of CounterSpin.


About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.