Good idea? Parents and/or schools?
Um, well it was grounds for debarrment when I was in university, so I don't see how it could ever ever ever be a good idea. Cheating, plain and simple. If you can't work for it, you don't deserve it.
Isn't getting good grades and receiving a scholarship essentially "paying for good grades"? I'm confused.
I think what she means is the parent, or the school, pays a certain amount for every A, or for passing the grade. That sort of thing. Although I do think that it is important for children to enjoy learning, and to seek knowledge for the sake of the knowledge and not for some outside reward, it is actually hard for me to argue against doing this.
Because arent the grades themselves a reward for learning, and dont we get paid for our efforts in 'real life' at work?
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I don't like the idea myself, and wouldn't do it if my kids ps'd. But Would do my hardest to help them keep their grades up by working with them, or getting them additional help. I don't think paying them is a good idea.
Since I homeschool I feel the Large majority of my children's success educationally rides squarely on my shoulders. Maybe I should get a gold star instead of them when they do good... LOL. I don't do A's the same here, I teach them till they get it right and then we move on. I don't worry about "teaching to the test" so have very much IEPs for them both.
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My kids won't be getting any cash from me. I expect them to do their best, whatever that may be.
If they work hard and do well, they can be rewarded with scholarship, grants, etc. from the school. However, that isn't just for gettinga good grade... It is a reward for working hard all year.
If that is what works to motivate a student who otherwise is not motivated, then go for it but realize that it might backfire. There are a few schools in urban areas that tried something similar to this in order to motivate students who otherwise did not see the point in education. If a student has parents who were not educated and they were not brought up with a mindset that education is a way out of an otherwise tough life, then it is very hard to keep them engaged when there are so many obsticles against them. So I definitely can see why a school would turn to money as a reward.
As for parents motivating with money, we don't do it. But then again we never had to either. I'm not sure if it is my parenting skills that is the reason, though I will gladly take credit. However, if a parent feelsliek they need a reward system inorder to motivate their otherwise unmotivated child to do well in school, then who am I to say they shouldn't.
I totally mis read this topic. I had first thought you meant to pay for the grade. For example you pay/bribe the teacher to get an A. That obviously is inappropriate.
As far as rewarding a child for good grades, I see nothing wrong with doing something special for a child that brings home all A's on his report card. Or putting a sticker on a child's paper that got a 100. Or to that 14 year old who REALLY wants her own cell phone. To say if you go all year with A's, we will buy you a cell phone. In a school setting, I also do not see anything wrong with (for a very young child) getting a sticker on her paper for a good grade or a free pencil for a good grade. When I was in school I loved the Book It program. You got a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut if you read a certain amount of books. DD1 is doing the same program now. If it results in motivating the child to learn and enjoy learning, I do not see the down side in that situation.
I reward my boys with a toy if they bring home a report card with B's or above, I don't give out cash though. I don't mind rewarding their hard work and good grades by getting them a toy or a game. I think it motivates them to do their best. And even at this age, I talk to them about the importance of keeping those fantastic grades all the way through high school, that way they can get scholarships and won't have to worry about the burden of student loans.
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