Theoretical educators (a.k.a. educationists) have held from as far back as the early 1900s, and again in the 60s (through the present) that all people are naturally motivated. They also suppose that all people are motivated toward virtuous action.
In other words, if you begin with a toddler and leave them alone, the toddler will automatically grow up through adolescence into adulthood, always motivated to be a good person. This is a cross-connection to the belief that all people are basically good, all people can be rehabilitated, and all people deserve a second chance. It rests on the assumption that motivation is fundamental.
So what is motivation?
Where does it come from? How does it work?
All of us will say, from time to time, "I`m just not motivated to write a business plan." Or we might just as easily hear that a homeowner is "highly motivated" to sell their house.
How does motivation connect with instant gratification or postponed rewards?
I, being a philosopher, have all sorts of answers and more questions, but I thought I`d kick off a discussion to see if anyone is motivated to explain motivation. After all, so much of starting a business rests on so-called passion, right? And isn`t passion some sort of motivator? Aren`t incentives based on motive, and don`t we have people who are "motivational speakers?"
Do you believe America`s educators are correct to say that students will be better motivated to learn if they aren`t stressed about grades, classroom competition, and where they stand in the social structure of the school?