Essay on The Is The Art Of Getting People?

1992 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 null Page
Dwight D. Eisenhower once stated that, “Motivation is the art of getting people to do what you want them to do because they want to do it.” Although, what if there was something that prevented motivated people to do what they want to do? One may think that negative performance in school is due to slacking off or a persons lack of motivation and determination to succeed. But it can actually be a lot more complicated than simply motivation and determination. Comfortability is a key reason as to why some students don 't succeed in school. Throughout “Whistling Vivaldi,” Claude M. Steele proposes various reasons as to why stereotypes of a person’s identity can lead to drastic negative effects on a students functioning in school. Not only does Steele propose reasons regarding how stereotypes affect one’s academic performance, but he suggests solutions to avoid stereotype threats as well. This is an educational book that students and teachers would benefit from reading. An educational book for students and teachers is one that engages readers and leaves them with a better understanding of the problem that the book is addressing. Educational books should also offer readers “reasons to make up or change their minds about a focal question” (Bean, Chappell, Gillam 20). This leaves the reader with information that can be discussed and evaluated, and lets the reader form a better understanding of the information presented. Reading “Whistling Vivaldi” made me a lot more conscious about…

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