Claus von Zastrow of Public School Insights looks at The Trouble With Incentives for students.
Former WSJ editor Ron Alsop worries that today’s youth fear failure, need constant feedback, and expect to face well-defined problems that have well-defined solutions. They’ll have trouble finding their footing in today’s professional quicksand, he argues.
. . . Too many young people see rewards as entitlements that have little to do with effort. But ham-fisted attempts to strengthen the link between effort and reward can do more harm than good in the long term.
“The great recession is changing the rules,” he writes.
Suddenly, hard work and success in school are no guarantee of anything. Yes, you won’t have a fighting chance in this climate if you lack academic credentials. But even students who have overcome all odds and become the first in their families to earn a college degree are facing the same grim prospects their parents and grandparents faced in years past.
. . . It’s still critical to show students the link between hard work, perseverance, and future success. But maybe we should help students value learning for its own sake.
That’s not easy, he concedes.
Via Core Knowledge.