Re: grades

Steve Finley (Finley@TTDCE1.COED.TTU.EDU)
Mon, 26 Aug 1996 15:00:28 +0000

>From Marcy Bauman:

"[Punished by Rewards] is a scathing, compelling indictment of what
Kohn sees as our absurdly behaviorist notions about education and
human motivation."

But isn't it a fundamental principle of behaviorism that when rewards
are given for behavior that otherwise would have been intrinsically
motivated, the subject's performance begins to decline as his/her
dependence on the reward grows, until finally there is little or no
intrinsic motivation anymore? Sounds like the very premise of the
book is sorta in synch with behaviorism, unless I'm

s finley