“I Won’t Learn from You”

And Other Thoughts on Creative Maladjustment

A paperback edition of the now-classic essay on “not learning” or refusing to learn, in addition to four other landmark essays

“There is more insight in these pages than in many longer works.” —The Progressive

Drawing on an idea of Martin Luther King Jr.’s, Kohl argues for “creative maladjustment” in the classroom and anywhere else that student’s intelligence, dignity, or integrity are compromised by a teacher, an institution, or a larger social mindset.

This volume also includes “The Tattooed Man,” Kohl’s autobiographical essay about “hopemongering,” which Kohl finds essential for all effective teaching in these difficult times.

Books by Herbert Kohl

The Discipline of Hope
Learning from a Lifetime of Teaching

Herbert Kohl

Stupidity and Tears
Teaching and Learning in Troubled Times

Herbert Kohl

Should We Burn Babar?
Essays on Children’s Literature and the Power of Stories

Herbert Kohl

The Muses Go to School
Inspiring Stories About the Importance of Arts in Education

Herbert Kohl, Tom Oppenheim