On Monday we talked about extrinsic incentives in schools and the idea of monetizing "success" in school. Here's a piece I wrote for the NPR affiliate WBEZ a couple years ago. (I used to be an education contributor to the program — and still am, perhaps!) Hopefully the audio and a written copy of the essay will appear on the screen.
Click to listen to John S. O'Connor's, "Bringing Business to the Classroom".
Have you witnessed such programs — within your family, your friends' families, other schools you've heard about?
NOTE: Here are links to the two videos mentioned in class: Dan Pink's "The Surprising Science of Motivation" and Jesse Schell's DICE talk on games, "Design Outside the Box".