Sunday, April 18, 2010

Thoughts Without Words: Schools paying students for good grades

I came across this article in Time magazine about research being done to see the effects of paying students (cash money) for improvement in grades, state test scores, behavior, and attendance.

I can't believe that this is even being brought up right now. We are cutting education budgets across this country, yet we are finding money to pay students for doing what they are supposed to be doing? If parents want pay from their own pockets, that's fine, but the schools themselves?

All we are doing is creating another generation of students that will expect something "special" for doing their job. These kids are going to go through their lives expecting a reward for doing their job. I can see it now, they show up for work on time and they want to know why they didn't get a bonus.

Whatever happened to "motivation comes from within"?

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