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Surprising Research Re: Motivation September 13, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Music & Dance, People.
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“Carrots” (monetary rewards and grades) only go so far in motivating us . . .

What human beings really crave is the opportunity to exercise Autonomy, develop Mastery, and feel a sense of Purpose!

The more we are treated like FWU’s (Fungible Work Units) on an endless  conveyor belt from Birth to Death, the less motivated we become to create.

Could this be one of the reasons why our school system is failing? 

Instead of continuing to rely on standardized testing designed to keep students thinking “inside the box,” perhaps we need to develop opportunities for them to think outside the box . . . or create a new box entirely.

Instead of asking children to compete for grades or shiny gold stars, maybe we should encourage them to collaborate with one another in areas of interest.

With more and greater opportunities for independent study and research, we could make learning FUNdamental.

Aah . . . that’s better! 

Quote to Ponder:  Nature does not ask, “what do they want me to be?” . . . it’s glory lies in its authenticity.

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