The Schools Our Children Deserve | Quote 00198

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The use of punishments, even if referred to euphemistically as negative incentives, sanctions, or consequences, creates a climate of fear, and fear generates anger and resentment. It also leads people to switch into damage-control mode and act more cautiously. Human beings simply do not think creatively and reach for excellence when they perceive themselves to be threatened.…When teachers are deprived of job security or pay raises in an effort to make them perform better, they usually become demoralized rather than motivated.

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Alfie Kohn


The Schools Our Children Deserve

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