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…what matters more than the fact that children read is why they read and how they read . With incentive-based programs, the answer to “why” is “to get rewards,” and this, as the data make painfully clear, is often at the expense of interest in reading itself. The answer to “how,” meanwhile, at least with Accelerated Reader, is “superficially”: they’re skimming for facts they will need for the quiz, which is altogether different from the sort of thoughtful engagement we’d like to see kids come to adopt when they open a book.

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Alfie Kohn


Punished By Rewards

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