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Highlights Of A Reddit Chat With Angela Duckworth & Roland Fryer

Reddit hosted a chat this week with MacArthur genius awardees Angela Duckworth & Roland Fryer. As regular readers of this blog know, I’m no fan of Fryer’s work, and nothing he said in the chat made me elevate that opinion. Angela Duckworth, though, is a different story, and I’ve been very impressed with her research on grit (see The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of “Grit”). And I think she share some important and useful info on Reddit. I think the most important piece of research she shared, though she made it clear that it’s not solid and it’s an “informal” finding, was this: I do think there are things we can do to improve grit and self-control. Most of my ideas (things I think) haven’t been tested, but in this informal setting, I will say that I think (but don’t know yet for sure) that just being around a lot of people of exemplify these qualities should help. Even though, to a certain extent, this is common sense, this particular comment is going to be very helpful to me. Coincidentally, I’m doing my lesson on grit right now in class, and being able to share this quote (students have been reading about her research and watching her videos) can, I think, apply a little peer pressure — “if I show grit, then I’m helping my classmates...

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Won’t Researcher Roland Fryer Ever Give Up On Trying To Prove Extrinsic Motivation Works Better Than The Intrinsic Kind?

Harvard researcher Roland Fryer seems to just not want to give up on proving the effectiveness of extrinsic motivation among students, even though all the money he’s spent has proven to be unsuccessful. His latest failure was bribing kids with free cellphones in exchange for receiving daily “inspirational” messages that they would be quizzed about. Result — zero academic improvement. As I wrote in The Washington Post after another of failed schemes (see Bribing students: Another ‘magical solution’ that doesn’t work): When I see studies like Fryer’s, I wonder what kinds of academic gains would be realized if, instead of spending $166 per student on cash payouts, those funds were provided to teachers and schools to do more of what my colleagues often spend their own time and money doing (and what our administrators work overtime trying to squeeze school funds to pay for). Like: * Having reluctant readers choose books of their own which we then purchase for them. * Buying multiple copies of books students want to use in a student-led independent discussion group. * Supplying all classrooms with a collection of high-interest books. * Having a well-stocked school library and flexible librarian. * Training teachers in effective, engaging literacy strategies, including free voluntary reading. * Having counselors spend enormous amounts of time tracking down ways students can get needed eyeglasses, medical check-ups, and dental work done....

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Researchers Find – Once Again – That Extrinsic Motivation Doesn’t Work

A new study has found that a “rewards for attendance” scheme initially improved school attendance, but after it was removed both attendance and motivation was reduced among the original target population. Duh! How many times do researchers need to find the same conclusion before they stop studying it? Just about every study on motivation has found the same thing already – see Study Finds That Rewards For School Attendance Make Things Worse, The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students and Won’t Researcher Roland Fryer Ever Give Up On Trying To Prove Extrinsic Motivation Works Better Than The Intrinsic Kind? Here’s an excerpt from the study’s abstract:   I’m adding the info to The Best Resources On Student Absenteeism. Thanks to Paul Tough for the tip. Share...

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The Incentive Follies

I’ve written a lot about the importance of intrinsic motivation (see The Best Posts & Articles On “Motivating” Students plus my three books on the subject). I’ve also regularly posted about Roland Fryer’s failed attempts to show that extrinsic motivation should be a major tool that teachers use with students and districts use with teachers (see How Many Studies Must A Man Do Before He Gives Up On Trying To Prove Extrinsic Motivation Works?). Paul Tough also writes about Fyer’s efforts, both in his new book and the excerpt appearing in this month’s Atlantic (see How Kids Learn Resilience). You’ll also be able to see an interview I did with Paul for my Education Week Teacher column, which will be appearing next Tuesday. Here’s an excerpt from today’s…excerpt: Share...

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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two): Teachers Must Look In The Mirror is a horrible op-ed piece by Thomas Kane, the guru behind the Gates Foundation MET initiative. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say it’s a bit mind-boggling, especially in light of his last published piece, a plea for more evidence-based education research, which I thought was pretty good. In his most recent piece, he advocates for practices that don’t meet that standard. He’s beginning to remind me of Roland Fryer, who won’t give up trying to show that extrinsic rewards will cure all in education. As John Thompson has written, Gates Scholar, Tom Kane, Continues the Fight to Prove He Is Right. Schools in New Hampshire are creating alternatives to national standardized tests. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Describing Alternatives To High-Stakes Testing — Help Me Find More. News Corp.’s $1 Billion Plan to Overhaul Education Is Riddled With Failures is from Bloomberg News. On 50th Anniversary of ESEA, How Do We Fulfill the Law’s Original Promise? (Infographic) is from The NEA. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process. Senate Plan to Revise No Child Left Behind Law Would Not Measure Teachers...

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