Alfie Kohn is an educator that wrote a book saying that all forms of reward and punishment are manipulation and should be abandoned in education. Judging people does not help them. "Alfie Kohn shows that while manipulating people with incentives seems to work in the short run, it is a strategy that ultimately fails and even does lasting harm. Our workplaces and classrooms will continue to decline, he argues, until we begin to question our reliance on a theory of motivation derived from laboratory animals. Drawing from hundreds of studies, Kohn demonstrates that people actually do inferior work when they are enticed with money, grades, or other incentives. Programs that use rewards to change people's behavior are similarly ineffective over the long run. Promising goodies to children for good behavior can never produce anything more than temporary obedience. In fact, the more we use artificial inducements to motivate people, the more they lose interest in what we're bribing them to do. Rewards turn play into work, and work into drudgery. http://www.deming.ch/Alfie_Kohn/E_Reward.pdf I first heard about Alfie Kohn from Marshall Rosenberg's book, Speaking Peace. Rosenberg teachs non-violent communication. Anyone like to discuss NVC in schools and Alfie Kohn's ideas?