Friday, April 29, 2016

Calling out school reward systems

It's a great relief to see this article in Rethinking Schools calling out school reward systems:
In fact, rewards distance all of the relationships in a classroom, especially those between teachers and students. What our students (and we) crave is human connection. Our relationships are the heart of our classrooms. Yet, instead of a conversation, a hand on the shoulder, a word, a look—students are given a token. Like a slot machine: stickers in, correct behavior out.

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