August 2

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The Carrot-and-Stick Model

If you make it through three hours of class, you get to go outside for recess.

After you do your homework, you get to play.

Make it through the school year, and you get to take summer vacation.

Get good grades in school, and you get to go to the college you want.

Make it through college, and you get to have a career. (Hopefully.)

Don't do any of these things, and there's hell to pay.

See where I'm going here? Does education sound fun, or like something we'll get in trouble for not doing?

A long time ago, we decided on the carrot-and-stick model of education.

It comes from a place of fear. As a society, we're worried if there aren't consequences, then students won't be motivated to learn. They won't produce.

But the unintended consequence is that students associate learning with "the thing they have to do before they can do the fun stuff." And that sticks for a long time. It's a frame of mind worth unlearning as quickly as possible after graduation.

This video nails it. Ironically, it's from the South Park guys.

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About Jonathan Roberts

I am the founder and director of the South Shore Piano School, and I have been teaching the piano for nearly 20 years. My work centers around bringing music to the lives of kids, parents, and adults in an enriching, meaningful way. At the South Shore Piano School, my incredible colleagues and I accomplish this through skill-based teaching, community, and an innovative, people-first business model. You can read more about me here.


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