Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Barry Schwartz: On doing the right thing

Sorry to post another TED talk, particularly one that lasts 23 minutes, but this guy has some useful things to say. For instance, he says you can't make a set of rules that will stop the bankers crashing the system as they did the other year, because bankers are like water - they'll find a crack somewhere so they can avoid the rules.  And the opposite of rules is incentives, but if you incentivise people, all they're interested in is the incentives, not what they're doing, so teachers can end up teaching so the kids pass tests, while not educating the kids properly at all.

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