Positive Action is different than other educational programs as it promotes an intrinsic interest in learning and becoming a better person. Other educational programs use extrinsic rewards to entice students into learning. These reward systems vary by program but follow the same philosophy of providing the student an extrinsic reward for performance or simply rewarding good behavior with a prize or toy.
Other programs also require large amounts of staff development instruction whereas Positive Action does not. While staff development can be an important part of building a healthy school these programs do not provide any actionable materials that can actually be used in the classroom. Most of these programs provide little to no substantive instruction in the form of classroom lessons or activities.
There is also an increasing demand for testing and data collection for monitoring purposes. While these efforts are beneficial for planning and oversight purposes, there is no substitute for a systematic approach that includes actual classroom materials that are coordinated and age-appropriate.
Another common issue for educational programs is trying to determine exactly what outcomes the program achieves as the information provided by developers is often unclear. In comparison, Positive Action provides sample lessons for each of its kits and openly discusses the design of the program and the unit concepts.
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