Stamping Out Praise

“The prize and the punishments are incentives toward unnatural or forced effort, and, therefore, we cannot speak of the natural development of the child in connection with them…Punishments! I have not realized they were an indispensable institution holding sway over the whole of child humanity. All men have grown up under this humiliation.” Maria Montessori, Childhood Education

More on the subject of rewards, praise, and punishments in an interview with Alfie Kohn.


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