Essay on Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation?

755 Words Aug 26th, 2016 4 Pages
In John Orlando’s “Is Praise Undermining Student Motivation?”, he makes the claim that “students are becoming dependent on praise because it is wrapped up with their self-esteem. They start thinking that the goal of school is praise, or grades, rather than learning.” I have seen evidence supporting this claim throughout the entirety of my years spent in school. From being pushed by my parents and teachers to obtain and maintain an all-A report card, watching students being punished or excluded from activities for an insufficient GPA, being accepted into prestigious organizations that require you to maintain an exceptional GPA, to even being told by my elders that if I didn’t receive good grades I would never be accepted into a good college- these are the various situations that student’s in today 's society grow up surrounded by, leading to an extra emphasis on the importance of grades rather than actually learning.
As a senior in high school, looking back on the past eleven years I have continuously been pushed by both my parents as well as teachers to achieve an A in the classroom, rather than being pushed to learn the material and master the subject. I have always strived to please my parents and teachers by meeting these expectations. Occasionally, this did lead to me missing out on learning the actual material. For instance, many teachers throughout my high school career have given memory based tests or quizzes. In order to ace the test, I would study and memorize the…

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