There is a commonly held belief in the world of teachers. That belief is that schools have a responsibility to teach students how to follow rules.  Compliance is a good thing. Red lights are not a suggestion and if they were, the number of car crashes would be on the rise.  But teaching through grades as punishment, that is another story. The stakes are higher certainly, the older the learner is. But using grades as punishment runs counter to all the work that needs to be done as schools learn how to shift the way teaching and learning takes place. Compliance is important in regard to things like safety and social conventions. But none of our disruptors and inventors and designers of the future, none of our problem solvers will be motivated through punishment.     Read more...

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