While writing a one page paper for our UMass Lowell Continuing Ed class I was looking for a phrase I remembered from early in my time in the Air Force, regarding leadership.♠ I found it out on some blog.
I will attest that Air Force fighter pilot training is best encapsulated as a “fear, ridicule and sarcasm” system.This is from a post on statistics under the title "The Sports Illustrated curse and regression to the mean" about Quarterback Bret Farve and a January 2008 edition of the magazine.
The comment I quoted had been prompted by this earlier unsourced comment
It’s generally accepted that positive feedback is the best way to get students to improve, but the US Air Force came to the opposite conclusion using data similar to the “Sports Illustrated” model. Of course students improve at an “average” rate. Sometimes performance fluctuates above that rate, sometimes below it. Flight instructors found that when they chewed out a student after a below average performance, they usually improved to average next time. When the student was complimented after an exceptionally good performance, they usually deteriorated closer to average the next time. The conclusion was negative feedback worked better than positive feedback.I don't know the author of this particular comment, Mr Alan D McIntire, but I have asked a couple of people who might know, but they are on the Coast and thus won't respond in time for this post.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The movie was The Class and I thought the phrase aptly described the teaching style portrayed by the lead actor in the film, junior high school teacher François Marin, played by François Bégaudeau (who also wrote the book the film is based on).