getting paid for them grades

22 08 2008

Cash for Good Grades in DC Schools?

Friday August 22, 2008
DC Schools Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee announced yesterday a plan to pay students up to $100 per month for displaying good behavior. According to theWashington Post, beginning in October, 3,000 students at 14 middle schools will be eligible to earn cash for attending class regularly and on time, turning in homework, displaying good manners and earning high grades. A maximum of $2.7 million has been set aside for this program.   

This seems like a really drastic idea. I understand theDC School System has had a terrible time trying to motivate students and they think that money is a good incentive especially for underprivileged children with little support from home. However, philosophically I disagree with giving money to children for doing well in school.  I think the $2.7 million could be better spent on programs to train teachers and to build students’ self esteem. 

What do you think?

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