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Should We Pay Our Kids to Learn?

Friday, September 5th, 2008

I have to share with you a terrific article in today's Los Angeles Times, by Wendy Grolnick and Kathy Seal, authors of Pressured Parents, Stressed-out Kids: Dealing With Competition While Raising a Successful Child:
the new school year begins, some kids will be leaving class with more
than just books and homework assignments. They could also be getting

Programs that pay kids to learn are expanding rapidly
across the country. In New York City, the school system gives fourth-
and seventh-graders in 59 schools $5 to $50 for taking standardized
tests. In Tucson, some students get $100 a month if they show up at
school every day and maintain at least a C-minus average. Another New
York City program that offers up to $1,000 for passing Advanced
Placement tests has paid out nearly $1 million to 1,161 students. A
Texas program also pays for top AP scores, and similar initiatives are
being rolled out in six more states. And beginning this fall, 14 middle
schools in Washington will pay 3,000 students for attending class,
arriving promptly, turning in homework, getting high grades and using
good manners.

While that might sound good to some parents who are looking for ways to motivate their kids, dozens of research studies advise parents and educators to just say no, according to Grolnick and Seal. Read the entire story here. Good food for thought.