If you are someone who wasn't able to be a part of your assigned debate, you'll need to join in with the debate this week. When the debate group splits off Wednesday, you'll go with them to pick a position.
For Wednesday, read "Hooked on Learning: The Roots of Motivation in the Classroom," Chapter 11 from Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Golds Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes by Alfie Kohn. (This is the handout from Tuesday.) A lot of people find Kohn's work provocative, and not always in a good way. What's your reaction to this reading? In a comment to this post, respond to some of the following ideas:
What specifically is he right about in your opinion? What specifically is he wrong about? Please point out page to which you are referring. Does this piece reflect the tensions you see around you in school, or is he talking about a different world from the one you live in? Do you think a student who has taken only ACP courses at South would have the same reaction? How about a student who has taken only CP? Draw a few specific personal experiences with education and compare them to what Kohn is saying.