Ah, how secondary education has changed!
When I was a lad, school operated on a system of strict rules and severe punishment rather than incentives and reward.
Every Friday afternoon, the student with the lowest test scores in the class would plunge into a deep pit filled with spiders, stinging nettles and dog poo as the trapdoor below his chair sprang open; the soft, wet thud his body made as it came into contact with the mounds of muck marking the end of another week at Catholic school.
We worked hard, we dodged the poop. That’s how we rolled.
But not this generation!
A teacher in China has shown that the promise of reward really can have a motivating effect on students’ performance as one young teacher set her students an inspired challenge:
“Come out on top in the next test and I’ll wear a maid outfit.”
And, staying true to her word, the brave teacher dressed up once the results were in…