Sunday, November 21, 2010

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic!

One Way to Improve Student Achievement and Create Lifelong Learners 

1. Intrinsic Inquiry -- Intrinsic Scholar/Dynamic Learner (Super Ego) Enlightened Nature A learner under own direction and assisted by directions of a teacher. Always asking for deeper understanding and meaning. Intrinsically motivated to learn and curious! Loves literature, loves knowledge, loves inquiry!

Grades Kill Inquiry and Creativity Eventually! Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic!

We lose creativity, innovation, curiosity, "thought experiments," "travels on the ship of imagination," and reasoning tools of the creative intrinsic mind with modern canned curriculum. Art, creativity, theater, and music play a key role in building intrinsic desire. The arts are the foundation of the visual spatial mathematical logical intelligence that is the essential 21st century skill. We over analyze and formulate grades and rubrics for all human activity and call this research and progress, yet we lose our creativity. The dawn of humanity is the intrinsic desire to better oneself; this coincides with that dawn of geometry, math, agriculture, science, astronomy, architecture, sculpture, painting, theater, math, agriculture, and humanity. The artist, mathematician, playwright, and architect are one in the same. Leonardo da Vinci an Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer. We need a Renaissance that creates erudite scholars not... 

"It is nothing short of a miracle that the modern methods of instruction have not yet entirely strangled the holy curiosity of inquiry.” — Albert Einstein”

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