Extrinsic Rewards Lead to Intrinsic Motivation

In his article, “Do Educators Exaggerate the Harm of Extrinsic Motivation?,” Dr. Jacques Benninga makes a strong case for looking at Principle 7 (the school fosters students’ self-motivation) from more of a developmental perspective. He suggests that, while it’s fine to strive for intrinsic or “inner” motivation as a long-term goal, elementary school children are not ready for an incentive-free approach.