As I drive by high schools on my way to work this time of year and see football teams sweating through September workouts, a nagging question always comes to mind: Do today's student athletes work as hard as we did a generation ago? Are they as motivated as we were to get better? Some high school coaches I know say the answer is a definitive no. They believe today's student athletes simply have too many other distractions that draw away from the ability to focus intensely on one goal. Others, however, see a new generation of student athletes, more sophisticated ...


Welcome to Motivation Matters, a new blog sponsored by edweek.org. The concept of motivation has been a topic that has fascinated me for years, beginning in high school in the late 70s and early 80s, when I was in daily awe of my valedictorian older brother, who spent hours in his bedroom mastering chemistry and physics while I rode the "rising tide of mediocrity" (Nation at Risk lingo) into the TV room or down the street to a friend's house to put off until tomorrow the academic work I really should have done yesterday. But all that changed about ...


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