Friday, January 7, 2011

Using our practical wisdom - Incentives and rules are not everything

This is a very inspiring talk for me. May we approach life, people around us and especially our kids with practical wisdom rather than just using incentives and rules. I have started to use incentives and rules for my 5 year old but this really need to keep in check.

"Psychologists have known about the negative consequences of incentivizing everything for 30 years. We know that if you reward kids for drawing pictures, they stop caring about the drawing and care only about the reward. If you reward kids for reading books, they stop caring about what's in the books and only care about how long they are. If you reward teachers for kids' test scores, they stop caring about educating and only care about test preparation."

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