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Should kids be paid to do well in school?

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Posted By: Alfred K at 1:29 pm

15 Apr 2010

“Kids should learn for the love of learning,” he says. “But they’re not. So what shall we do?” Most teenagers do not look at their math homework the way toddlers look at a blank piece of paper. It would be wonderful if they did. Maybe one day we will all approach our jobs that way. But until then, most adults work primarily for money, and in a curious way, we seem to be holding kids to a higher standard than we hold ourselves.

In the fall of 2007, the New York City experiment began. Fourth-graders could earn a maximum of $25 per test, and seventh-graders could earn up to $50 per test. To participate, kids had to get their parents’ permission — and 82% of them did.

“I remember going to schools and seeing how excited the kids were when they got their checks. They were like pep rallies — but around academic success!” he says.

The results began to trickle into the lab last summer. In New York City, the $1.5 million paid to 8,320 kids for good test scores did not work — at least not in any way that’s easy to measure. In Chicago, under a different model, the kids who earned money for grades attended class more often and got better grades, two major accomplishments. Those students did not, however, do better on their standardized tests at the end of the year.
In Washington, the kids did better on standardized reading tests. Getting paid on a routine basis for a series of small accomplishments, including attendance and behavior, seemed to lead to more learning for those kids. And in Dallas, the experiment produced the most dramatic gains of all. Paying second-graders to read books significantly boosted their reading-comprehension scores on standardized tests at the end of the year — and those kids seemed to continue to do better the next year, even after the rewards stopped.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1978589-3,00.html#ixzz0l8zsLj9r

I mean it makes some sense. Money definitely does make me work harder at my job. Being a pimp can sometimes be monotonous but the money motivates me to do quality work. I know if I get sloppy, do too much coke, or show up late to my job, everything will fall apart. Similarly, kids need motivation. But after a while, I think that the motivation runs out when you realize you are chasing material pleasures. School and workplaces need to figure out ways to give us humans higher pleasures, if you know what I mean.

Yo kid, read dis book and u get a hit

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