Originally Posted by eburgess
I think it is a very BAD idea. Kids should be able to go to school and learn without getting any money in return. I teach 6th grade and I am sick of kids asking me for money whenever I ask them to do something. I told the students they need to do their homework and one of the students asked me for $10 as an incentive!!! I was shocked!! I talked to the other teachers and I will start a "prize box", I guess it's something you really need to do these days. If they do all their homework they get a pencil, gel gripper, or an eraser. I really hope it works. I tired of seeing all the d's and f's and a room full of blank faces!! If parents want to pay their kids for their grades fine, but the school district should not be doing it.
I agree. My parents gave me rewards for good grades, but why should the school do it? Most schools around here are fighting for money, so is it the schools responsibility to reward their students? Is it coming out the the schools budget that should go to learning materials and raises for teachers?? Aren't good grades reward enough?
Yeah, bonuses, incentives, etc. Wait until they get into the workplace and realize that not every company gives bonuses, raises or incentives. I get a max of $0.39 cent raise every year, and that is IF I get everything perfect. I know there are some jobs out there DO do decent raises and incentives, but unfortunately, they are not the norm. So why teach kids that they will get money for doing what they are supposed to be doing....which is learning.
I agree that kids today are money driven. My nephew's last birthday party (he was 5)...he opened the cards first to find out how much money he got. He got over $200...and he was 5! Then he opened the wrapped gifts and wasn't interested in any of them. That is just sad.
I think if the school does anything, they should give a certificate showing they raised their test scores, or a gift bag with useful things...but I really don't thing someone that young should be rewarded with that much money from the school district. What else could that money be spent on??