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Denial of the effectiveness of incentives in K-12 education is a foundational idea of progressive educational philosophy and practice. Learning is easier and faster when properly designed incentive systems are used, but teachers are trained not to use them, almost entirely for ideological reasons.
Abandoning incentives, as many contemporary educators have done, is unfair to students and in some cases may permanently damage their ability to grow into responsible and productive adults. Opposition to incentives in education is also the philosophical basis of liberal opposition to merit pay for teachers and expanding school choice programs such as charter schools, vouchers, and tax credits.
The time is right for a book that forcefully and effectively defends the use of incentives and rewards in K-12 education. Failure to use rewards in classrooms has contributed to the poor academic performance of children, a crisis we must address if we want to preserve our freedom and prosperity.
We are all internally motivated sometimes to do the right thing or try hard. But at other times, we need external motivation: a bonus from our employer, a hug from a friend, a smile from a child. It doesn’t take much, frankly, and even small rewards can brighten our day and keep us going in the right direction.
Our children and students are no different. Using rewards at home and in class can help children focus on their studies, achieve more academically, graduate on time, and become more productive members of society. The research on this is very clear and not controversial. It’s also just plain common sense.
Have you used rewards at home or in the classroom to bring out the best in a child? We’d love to hear your story!
And, because we know a little external motivation goes a long way, once a week in January 2015 we’ll send a $25 Amazon gift card to the person whose story has attracted the most “likes.” So tell us your story here, and then be sure to share it with family and friends!