Yesterday I got a short and sweet insight into learning, courtesy of the New England Aquarium, where I took our daughters for our weekly visit. One of our favorite exhibits is the training session for the sea lions and fur seals. In the audience this time were about 100 school children with parents and teachers. To introduce the session, the lead trainer conducted the following discussion:
How many of you do chores? (Many hands go up.)
How many of you get an allowance for doing chores? (Most hands remain in the air.)
How many of do homework?
I see lots of hands! It makes homework not so bad because you get a reward at the end.