Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums

Leadbeater suggests something that I’ve always been adverse to ??? that motivating students ought to be both extrinsic and intrinsic. Approaching the choice as one-or-the-other, I have long held the belief that extrinsic motivation depletes the chance of developing genuinely intrinsic motivation. Why ought this be so, though? Indeed, as adults many of our motivations are extrinsic. Importantly, however, for education to be successful, such motivators ought be as logical and relevant as possible ??? rather than in the form of candies and prizes.

Another spot-on idea: That education ought to begin from where children are, not from pre-scripted curricula. “Imagine an education system that started from questions, not for knowledge to be imparted.”


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