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Punished by rewards is an interesting book on the same lines.

pmoriarty · 2018-04-21 · Original thread
For a different view, see "Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes".[1]

It's about extrinsic vs intrinsic motivation. Extrinsic motivation comes from outside of the person and is what's typically used by organizations to try to motivate people: salary, praise, bonuses, etc. Intrinsic motivation comes from within.

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Alex3917 · 2016-03-25 · Original thread
> I imagine there is no good, scientific method to determining how someone should be motivated that we can train teachers with.

I've been reading "Punished By Rewards" ( and it got into a lot of that. Pop behaviorism has really deep roots on the collective American psyche.
Alex3917 · 2009-06-07 · Original thread
"The quickest way to fix the education system in this country is to basically pay kids to learn."

No, it's not.

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