Dumbing Us Down
By John Taylor Gatto
John Taylor Gatto is one of the premier educational reformers. After 30 years teaching in the public schools, Gatto became a fierce advocate of families and young people taking back education and learning, arguing that "genius is as common as dirt," but that conventional schooling is driving out the natural curiosity and problem-solving skills we're born with, replacing it with rule-following, fragmented time, and disillusionment.
By Dan Pink
Anything by Dan Pink is great reading! But this book goes hand in hand with Punished By Rewards. Pink's assertions strongly match what we see in children and adults; carrot and stick motivation just doesn't work long term. Grades can motivate for short term learning, but the learning doesn't stick. Why not? Because reward systems don't tie into the human motivation system unless they are doing piecemeal work. Try what Pink suggests and see the amazing results!