Psychology professor at Clark University, Wendy Grolnick, and Santa Monica based writer, Kathy Seal, are coauthors of a newspaper article titled “Shortchanged by pay to learn”. In their article, the authors demonstrate their disbelief in the effectiveness of extrinsic motivation on students and argue that intrinsic motivation leads to better academic achievements on students. In fact, the authors state that “those who want to improve test scores and motivate students should stop throwing money at the problem so literally.” The authors directly state their beliefs on the matter, and frankly, I agree that school districts should promote the building of intrinsic motivation on students.
I believe schools should encourage the building of intrinsic motivation on students because it has shown that students that participate in programs that build on intrinsic motivation do better in school than those students who do not. In the article “Shortchanged by pay to learn” co-authors Grolnick and Seal indicate that intrinsic motivation is a good alternative to improve student test scores. After explaining the mechanics of a study implemented on sixth grade teachers who were trained to foster the enjoyment of learning upon their students, the authors then stated that “test showed that the trained teacher’s students had an increased interest in learning and were half a year ahead, according to their Iowa Test of Basic Skills scores.” After the teachers were capacitated to advocate intrinsic motivation upon their students, standardized test’s scores indeed showed that their students preformed better than regular students. Grolnick and Seal assert that capacitated teachers who are able to incite the desire to learn for its own sake on their students goes a long way.
Secondly, I believe that intrinsic motivation is the best alternative to improve student performance because extrinsic motivation only drains the excitement that comes with learning, In Wendy Grolnick’s...