Push How are you motivated? vs How motivated are you?
Two sides of same coin. Reward & Punishment. Compliance & rebellion. Control vs engagement.
Focus. What vs how
You say you want this
You say you want this... so then why are you doing that? www.joebower.org joe.bower.teache [email_address] @joe_bower
<ul><li>Abigail is given plenty of worksheets to complete in class as well as a substantial amount of homework. She studies to get good grades, and her school is proud of its high standardized test scores. Outstanding students are publicly recognized by the use of honor rolls, awards assemblies, and bumper stickers. Abigail's teacher, a charismatic lecturer, is clearly in control of the class: students raise their hands and wait patiently to be recognized. The teacher prepares detailed lesson plans well ahead of time, uses the latest textbooks, and gives regular quizzes to make sure kids stay on track. </li></ul>Schools Our Children Deserve by Alfie Kohn
<ul><li>"There is a time to admire the grace and persuasive power of an influential idea, and there is a time to fear its hold over us. The time to worry is when the idea is so widely shared that we no longer even notice it, when it is so deeply rooted that it feels to us like plain common sense. At the point when objections are not answered anymore because they are no longer even raised, we are not in control: we do not have the idea; it has us." </li></ul>Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn
We can teach kids about competition without immersing them in it.
If we simply reconcile to the status quo and spend all our time getting our children to accomodate themselves to it and play the game, then nothing will change and they will have to do the same with their children. As someone once said, realism corrupts; absolute realism corrupts absolutely. Alfie Kohn
The most important attitude that can be formed is that of a desire to go on learning.
If we want to make things better for our children, we need to start questioning what we consider to be the obvious.