B. F. Skinner (Psychologist)

#50589 B. F. Skinner

It is the teacher's function to contrive conditions under which students learn. Their relevance to a future usefulness need not be obvious. .

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#50590 B. F. Skinner

The way positive reinforcement is carried out is more important than the amount. .

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#50591 B. F. Skinner

Society attacks early, when the individual is helpless. .

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#50592 B. F. Skinner

The strengthening of behavior which results from reinforcement is appropriately called "conditioning". In operant conditioning we "strengthen" an operant in the sense of making a response more probable or, in actual fact, more frequent. .

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#50593 B. F. Skinner

Let men be happy, informed, skillful, well behaved, and productive. .

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#50594 B. F. Skinner

Education is what survives when what has been learned has been forgotten. .

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#50595 B. F. Skinner

We shouldn't teach great books; we should teach a love of reading. Knowing the contents of a few works of literature is a trivial achievement. Being inclined to go on reading is a great achievement. .

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#50596 B. F. Skinner

The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man. .

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#50597 B. F. Skinner

We admire people to the extent that we cannot explain what they do, and the word "admire" then means "marvel at." .

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#50598 B. F. Skinner

A person who has been punished is not thereby simply less inclined to behave in a given way; at best, he learns how to avoid punishment. .

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#50599 B. F. Skinner

Many instructional arrangements seem "contrived," but there is nothing wrong with that. It is the teacher's function to contrive conditions under which students learn. Their relevance to a future usefulness need not be obvious. It is a difficult assignment. The conditions the teacher arranges must be powerful enough to compete with those under which the student tends to behave in distracting ways. .

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#50601 B. F. Skinner

It has always been the task of formal education to set up behavior which would prove useful or enjoyable later in a student's life. .

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#50602 B. F. Skinner

I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is. .

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#202304 B F Skinner

A failure is not always a mistake, it may simply be the best one can do under the circumstances. The real mistake is to stop trying. .

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