Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Above the standard - intrinsic motivation.

Currently in New Zealand the National Government is encouraging schools to run more like businesses. They have introduced standard tests and they rate schools according to 'best standard performance'. These hold schools and teachers accountable for the work they do. These tests and rating show families which are the best standard schools.

 Its a rising tide thats drowning teachers passions and will squash student's motivation. Learning to a formula and rewarded with carrots and gold stars.

 I think the National Government and 'Big' Business has it wrong. What if the business model strips people of their motivation and productivity decreases to a standard level? Dan Pink's TED talk makes a case against the standard business model.

 What if the model changed to something more in tune with people's intrinsic motivation and passions - because we can't go on doing the same wrong things for carrots and gold stars.

 What are your children learning in school? Why are your children learning the things they are learn in school? Who is their motivator? What is motivating them to learn more and rise above the standard?

 

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