Antidote to Bias Teaching
Educators should be cautious not to over use extrinsic motivators when trying to engage their students in the classroom. Extrinsic motivators may be beneficial in simple and repetitive tasks, but it has also been shown to be detrimental to complex thinking and creativity – the foundations of education.
Tainted perspectives on masculinity and ignorance to differences in the way boys and girls learn and function is a bad recipe for boy’s academic performance and behavior.
Whether they like it or not, educators are often seen as mentors. Similar to parenting, this important role comes with little training or preparation, but serious consequences if negligent. How important are educators’ expectations and their ability to motivate?