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The Poison of Points

Some recent turmoil in the Twitterverse about points and cheating…


Exhibit A: Clickers and Points


Exhibit B: Cramster and Homework Points


Exhibit C: Khan Academy Cheats

See also:


Exhibit D: Khan Academy and Points


I think all of this cheating and gaming is great. Why? Because it forces us to improve our practice. (Or would you rather wear yourself out playing “To Catch a Cheater?”)

If students do homework and go to class solely because if points, there is a larger systemic issue that needs to be addressed.

To which you say, “But if I don’t give points, they won’t do it.”

So where does it stop? Why do we let ourselves become willing participants in this game for points? We need a culture shift.

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