My friend Ms. Chili posted the video below a few days ago. I couldn’t believe how appropriate it was for me in my life right now, not only as it pertains to how we, as teachers, deal with our students, but also in how we, as teachers, ought to be treated in our schools and the broader community.
The speaker in the video is Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brained Thinkers will rule the Future. This video shares information from his latest book, Drive.
The Project on Incentives in Teaching, conducted in the Nashville Public Schools 2006 through 2009, found that financial rewards for teachers had no impact on student performance. Last week, Roland Fryer, a prominent Harvard economist, published a paper which shared the results of his study of financial incentive programs in the New York Public Schools. Fryer said in his abstract, “I find no evidence that teacher incentives increase student performance, attendance, or graduation, nor do I find any evidence that the incentives change student or teacher behavior. If anything, teacher incentives may decrease student achievement, especially in larger schools.”
Just imagine the possibilities, the rich potential for learning and for dynamic school cultures, if teachers and students instead, were afforded diverse and varied opportunities for autonomy, mastery, and purpose.