Sure, Our School Has Problems, But We’ll Pay You To Enroll Your Child!
It’s bad enough that some schools bribe kids to do well, offering them money for academic achievement. At the Jefferson Elementary School in St. Louis they have taken this ill-advised practice a step further. To recruit new students – this … Continue readingRead More
External Rewards: Some Hidden Costs
Providing an external reward for learning is so pervasive that most of us never even consider the potential downside. In an earlier post – “Internal Motivation: Present from Birth” – I suggested that external rewards can actually interfere with learning. … Continue readingRead More
Internal Motivation: Present From Birth
There is a common belief that internal motivation emerges as children mature. Most people have no trouble accepting that adolescents are internally motivated but cling to the notion that younger children are motivated externally. The truth is that we are … Continue readingRead More