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Fix the education system by changing the learning model to make students more creative, motivated, productive, and personal.

How can "Those if-then rewards often destroy creativity... The secret to high performance isn't rewards and punishments, but that unseen intrinsic drive -- the drive to do things for their own sake. The drive to do things cause they matter." from Dan Pink, be used in the education system to not kill creativity, from Ken Robinson? I think this if-then reward system is extremely exaggerated in schools, and a better education system could result from a change to more Results Only Work Environment, the ROWE, where there are not schedules, classes, or meetings. The student then defines their own school: when to come to school and what to learn based on curiosities and interests. This can drive up most students’ motivation for school, their creativity in school, and their overall productiveness.


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  • Jan 9 2012: I do believe this is an idealist version. having taught for several years from k-Phd across countries, I find that most students do NOT have an intrinsic desire to learn. Motivating them is the hardest part and in my classes when they do get motivated and learn on their own, the next teacher comes along and they loose it. Of course it was a temporary motivational desire.
    One should read the article "the anxirty of learning" In HBR . It is very insightful about this topic and its effectiveness
    • Jan 19 2012: Young people learn outside of school, without a need for it. How to sing, how to dance, how to ride a bike, how to do whatever they are interested in doing and teaching themselfs with research from the internet. As Ken Robinson said, "Its about Passion... education doesn't feed their passion". Doesn't that mean they must have the desire to learn, when passionate about something, in the first place?

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