The most insightful and, at the same time, most obvious argument that Kohn offers here is that we cannot separate how we work with students from what we teach them. He offers a model for creating and cultivating classroom and school community that is inspiring and, as with most inspiring things, more than a bit daunting. It requires a great deal of letting go, not only of any preconceived notions of classroom management, but also asks us to re-think what and how we teach.
Kohn offers some useful examples from actual classrooms, but too many of them are from elementary school. He explains this at one point by saying that people often underestimate the capacity of young children to participate in a democratic classroom. Still, a few high school examples would have been appreciated.
A must read for teachers.