The Cause of Conformity

Because motivation is such a critical issue in learning, and because failure is such an idiosyncratic affair, school reformers often miss the forest for the trees. While reformers worry about standards, test scores, and cultural literacy, the real issue is the curriculum. Students who are held to rigid curricula with tests at the end cannot help but begin to believe that learning means getting a good grade. When a student knows what is expected of him, he will usually conform, and therein lies the problem.

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