SummaryResponse Redo (Mid-Term)

SummaryResponse Redo (Mid-Term) - Kersten Zielinski ENGL...

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Kersten Zielinski ENGL 111 MW 5:30–6:50 Summary Response Redo October 31, 2007 “Money for Nothing” Summary Response In his article “Money for Nothing,” Barry Schwartz discusses the impact of certain incentives. The first general assumption is that a person responds to incentives, so if someone wants something in particular, then it has to be worth the person’s time and effort. In schools, the non-materialistic rewards of learning aren’t getting the job done, otherwise children would be doing better in school. The second general assumption is the more incentives, the better. Supposedly, for each extra incentive offered, the more likely a person is to do the job at hand. These assumptions, though perceptive and clear-cut, are false. There are some instances where adding more incentives competes with other motives and weakens their impact. In Experiment A, nursery school children were given special markers, and some were later given “good player” awards. When the markers were brought back to the classroom later, the students
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