Alfie Kohn has a lot of unique beliefs in regards to classroom management. Kohn does not believe in homework or tests. He believes that students should learn from their interests and doesn't believe in a curriculum. Kohn is a believer in strong classroom community. A strong classroom community includes a teacher's respect for the students, the teacher helping students connect with each other, conducting classroom meetings, and casually reflecting on academic instruction.
“We want children to continue reading and thinking after school has ended, yet we focus their attention on grades, which have been shown to reduce interest in learning. We want them to be critical thinkers, yet we feed them predigested facts and discrete skills – partly because of various constituencies to pump up standardized test scores” (Kohn 2001, p. 61).