Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Do you think that Kids should be paid to get good grades in school? And I don't mean being rewarded by the parents I mean being paid by the city or state? Story is real.. Michael Bloomberg Mayor of NY is sponsoring this program with schools.
You can read the article here or here!



I was raised to do what I was told and do it well. If I had a bad attitude there would be consequences. There was never an expectation on my part that I should be paid to go to school or get good grades. I wanted to because I wanted to do well..and make my parents happy. What has happen in our country when our kids will do nothing without anything in return?! So when these kids who are being paid cash for getting "good" grades get to college, who pays them then? I think this sets a precedence for children who look for "payments" in everything.. and if they don't get it..they won't try..they won't do the job. Allowance at home is fine with your kids.. But If my son said to me "Mom I am not making my bed unless you pay me what I deserve" Oh my word.. no way.. He will make his bed because the lessons of a made bed everyday far outweigh the lesson of him receiving a quarter every time his bed is made.

20 comments:

Jennifer said...

No, I do not think students should be paid for good grades.

Vicki said...

My children got certificates from Pizza Hut for reading challenges etc. but not like what you're talking about. It may give some children that don't care about school the motivation to pay attention, study and do their homework. I'd rather see the money spent on children than on some of the other things I've seen it spent on.

Erica said...

I wouldn't want my kids to get paid for good grades, I believe in celebrating and giving credit for hard work and effort but I don't think an incentive program works to get the point of the importance of taking advantage of getting the best education possible. I can't think for everyone's household but for me and mine I don't believe it would be effective or necessary

Smellyann said...

I really don't think parents or anyone else should be paying kids for good grades, but rather to teach them to be internally rewarded for doing well. Whether that means getting good grades, performing well in a concert or at a sport, or being artist and creative, kids need to develop an intrinsic reward system. "I did well" = "I feel good about myself," and NOT "I did well" = $5.

Becca said...

I think there are pros and cons to this. The pro is that it will encourage children to get good grades. The cons seem to outweigh the pros. What happens when the kids aren't being paid? How will kids learn to do things because they are right? Will kids want to be paid for everything good they do?

Kelly said...

No I don't think they should be paid. It takes away the intrinsic value of education. And sometimes the kids that are getting the B grades are working twice as hard as the kids getting As

Kris said...

Wow. I can't hardly believe that...well, yes I can...because I don't believe in half of what goes on these days. Thanks for stopping by and definitely thanks for the prayers.

Aunt LoLo said...

My first response would be NO of course not! but then..that's how it works in the real world, and...I was always one of the kids with the good grades, so what would I have to complain about?! (Of course, now that I'm a mommy and it's MY tax dollars that would be paying the kids...yeah. ;-))

I am Harriet said...

Having good grades doesn't necessarily mean that kids are behaving. The reward should be a personal one.

http://iamharriet.blogspot.com/2009/06/yeah-friday.html

2good2bee said...

Undecided on this issue. gut says No but mind says Yes. leaning more toward no. However some intercity schools are having a problem with kid staying in school. due to they have to work. so as you can see it is not a set in stone issue.

TheAngelForever said...

No! As a teacher and parent I think that kids need to realize that their responsibility is to do well in school. Sure, we get our son something as a reward for doing well for the year, but the city/state stepping in is a little much. Kids need to be taught from an early age to be proud of their accomplishments in school.

AudreyO said...

I have to agree there are pros and cons. The pros are that we do get rewarded in life for what we do. Life is all about choices and consequences. The word consequence is not a bad thing. If you do what's you're supposed to do, there are benefits.

The cons are that it creates another set of competition amongst kids and it tells kids that when they do the expected they should be paid.

Flying Giggles and Lollipops said...

I would not want my child to get paid to earn good grades. Children need to take responsibility because it is the right thing to do.

OLLIE MCKAY'S ~ A Chic Boutique said...

For goodness sake - Absolutely not! If they get "paid" to do everything, then expect it and won't do anything without getting paid and then they would all grow up to be greedy little snobs, don't cha think??!!

Pamela Kramer said...

Not at all. That doesn't even make sense to me.

Baba said...

I find it sad that some find it necessary to motivate children this way. I would think for inner city kids like this that they would have enough self motivation to do well in school.

otin said...

Like my brother said,"When we grew up it was an adult world, and kids had to fit into things, now kids govern what adults do! Paying kids to get good grades would be a huge mistake!!

Kristen Andrews said...

nope, they should want to get good grades that is how I was raised

PW said...

My kiddo has had learning troubles, so I'll never pay for good grades. I'm so proud of whatever grades are earned, knowing that the best effort and time was applied.

Heart of Rachel said...

I don't think it's a good idea. It believe every child should strive hard to get good grades not because of some financial reward from the government.

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