Many times I have witnessed “things” not going as planned in a workplace. The first response is usually “Make Rules”. This saddens me greatly as usually only a small percentage of the workers are causing things to go amiss, however every worker must suffer under these new rules.
According to Barry, when education is not going correctly “[we] give teachers scripts to follow in the classroom; so even if they don’t know what they are doing and don’t care about the welfare of our kids, if at least they follow the scripts our kids will get educated.”
When we use incentives, we will start to create people who become addicted to incentives. For more on extrinsic motivation click here.
“Rules and Incentives or Sticks and Carrots”
Teachers are now trying these responses in their classroom. When learning is going amiss, some will create stricter rules, such as daily homework, or more quizzes. If this fails, then incentives are created in the form of bonus marks for completing it on time. Teachers, however, need to understand that
“There are no set rules, no matter how detailed, no matter how specific, no matter how carefully monitored, and enforced; there are no set of rules that will get us what we need.”
How do we solve this problem? Teachers need to stop creating incentives and rules, and start bringing in virtues which create better character in the classroom. Educators need to start doing the right thing, and not what is expected. The most influential quality a teacher can bring, in the words of Aristotle, is “Practical Wisdom”.