“I think the bi…

“I think the big mistake in schools is trying to teach children anything, and by using fear as the basic motivation. Fear of getting failing grades, fear of not staying with your class, etc. Interest can produce learning on a scale compared to fear as a nuclear explosion to a firecracker.”
Stanley Kubrick

Let’s talk! Does this quote pertain to what we know about personality type?  

4 responses to ““I think the bi…

  1. The first thing I think of is the math department at JSR. We are all starting to grade by competencies. So the math department decided to divide their grading up this way: homework is worth 0%; summatives (tests) are worth 100%. So the students I work with have no fear of failing grades. And if they don’t do well on their tests, they have the opportunity to re-assess for better grades. The personality trait my students need is motivation 🙂

  2. I’ve often thought that motivation based on fear was an oxymoron for schools. We want students to be intrinsically motivated. They should yearn to learn. Fear as motivation is the same as giving prizes for good work. Using prizes is discouraged, but not so with fear and threats. Will discovering students personality traits and matching learning tasks to those traits create motivation without using fear and prizes? An awesome thought.

    • I agree with the oxymoron viewpoint, for sure. (Maybe because we are both Feeling?) I think for many students the motivation is their report card grade, although we would all think in a perfect world it ought to be the knowledge they gain. But don’t forget to look at Kubrick’s body of work as a filter for his comment! His first movie in 1953 was called “Fear and Desire” —

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