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Punished by Rewards?

REWARDS: Punishment, motivation, or compliance…?

Read this article excerpt from our recent newsletter to find out more about why Alfie Kohn thinks children are punished by rewards.

Rewards and punishments are both ways of manipulating behaviour. They are two forms of doing things to students. And to that extent, all of the research that says its counterproductive to say to students, "do this or here is what im going to do to you" also applies to saying, "do this and you'll get that" Ed Deci and Rich Ryan at the university of Rochester are right when they call rewards "control through seduction" -Alfie Kohn

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Rewards and punishments are both ways of manipulating behaviour. They are two forms of doing things to students. And to that extent, all of the research that says its counterproductive to say to students, "do this or here is what im going to do to you" also applies to saying, "do this and you'll get that" Ed Deci and Rich Ryan at the university of Rochester are right when they call rewards "control through seduction" -Alfie Kohn

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