Rather than building on the intrinsic curiosity of children, their wonder and their excitement about understanding their world, increasingly our school system shifts their attention to external motivations. Students are taught that what counts are test results, teacher approval, and grades. Eventually, children learn about the necessity for doing well in school to facilitate making money - the ultimate external motivation.
In this interactive and action-oriented session we will discuss the current state of our educational system, and how shifting the primary goal of K-12 education to the creation of students that are self-motivated to learn will not only raise students' scholastic achievements, it will also bring with it many other benefits for students, teachers, parents and society. We will explore the many ways this can be accomplished without any extra cost to each school's local community. And we will plan Action Steps so our groups can work together going forward to meet the challenges and opportunities involved in making such a shift in our educational system.
We invite you to add your voice and join the movement to transform education - for our children and the world!