Paying kids to get top scores on tests???

@mssnow (9493)
United States
June 8, 2007 8:24pm CST
Has anyone else heard of this? Paying kids for getting good scores on tests. Number one: WHY??? Number two: Where would the money come from? Its ridiculus to me. If you want to pay your kids to get good grades then fine. But the schools should not do this!!!! The money would come out of our taxes. I say NO!! What do you think?
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• Singapore
9 Jun 07
Some parents do that; some parents don't. - what a stupid comment (lol) but parenting is always hard. There are too many variables and even if you use the "best" parenting style, the child might still grow up "wrong". I guess to let it become such that kids only study because of the monetary gains.. that feels a bit wrong. But if the money is just a nice carrot in addition to them feeling satisfied to working hard and doing well in exams, that would be a different matter. Alright, ask me again when I got a kid of my own.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
LORD!!!! Tell me when you have a child and the i will ask you :P:P
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• Singapore
9 Jun 07
dream on...
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
dream on what?? I never said i wanted to have your child, sheesh. I just said WHENEVER!!
@mummymo (23707)
9 Jun 07
I do believe in rewarding my kids for doing well but I have never heard of any thing like this! I think it is a good idea in theory but as you say the money could probably be a lot better spent elsewhere - such as deprived kids who need help to find somewhere and some time when they can actually study for the exams, or helping kids who are abused, heck, I could go on all day! Last year my son was one of only 7 people in his year, there are about 450, to get a certificate of achievement and one of merit! I know he has 2 again this year but I will have to wait until the junior prizegiving in 2 weeks to discover what for! Last year he got a new mobile (cell phone) for doing so well but this year I cannot afford to do it so I will just get him a little thing to say that I appreciat the work he has put in to receive this! xxx
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Yes but its you his parent who awards him. That is how it should be. not the schools. Thanks my friend and your son sounds like my sons. :)xxx
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@mummymo (23707)
9 Jun 07
Exactly! Were they annoying at the same time too? lol xxx
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
annoying?? oh once in a while lol
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
9 Jun 07
That's CRAZY!! Sounds like Bribe to me. There's no way anyone can pay kids to get top scores they need to use their head on their own and not pay them. Well if they pay them I can see them going to work but to me it's not right and besides that I did just fine and so did my daughter and nobody paid me. So where's my money? LOL Have a good day snow.
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@ShawnDay (227)
9 Jun 07
I don't know, it's motivation most kids respond to and some need that extra motivation and competitive feeling. They're going to probably spend the rest of their lives being rewarded for hard work with hard cash, so it's not that far removed from what will go on in the real world when they graduate.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Hi shawn. Thanks for your comments. I have to disagree. They can come up with other things to motivate instead of money.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Instead of paying the kids directly, there should be a scholarship fund started with money and a program that gives students with a certain GPA money for college.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I thought they had scholarships already??
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Yes, but not every state has a program that gives money to all students that make good grades. For example, if you make over a certain GPA & over a certain ACT score in Louisiana, they pay for you to go to college in the state to a state run school, if you choose a private school they give you the same amount that a year at a public school would cost to put towards your tuition. I think all states should have this program to reward students and give them an opportunity to attend college they may otherwise not have.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Ok thanks for the comment
• Canada
9 Jun 07
That idea has been around for a long time. Maybe twenty years or so. At least that long, there was some sort of talk about doing something like that.. because I think there was a major epidemic, seeing kids drop out of school, being suspended from school. I don't know about the idea then. but there was a program similar to this idea. It was in the US, where they had a program to erase graffiti off the trains in New York, and they would practically give away art scholarships. They would have to work for it though. Which actually worked, surprisingly! Giving kids a cash incentive to do well in school, parents can do that if they want too. But, to have this cash incentive to keep in school as an ongoing thing for every child.. I don't see this as a good thing, cause now you're giving them something for almost nothing. The only thing you're telling them is that money, makes the world go around. There's NO morale here! What kids should be taught today,.. is values, good.. old... fashioned.. VALUES! Bring that back with a bit of modern flare something they would comprehend and utilize in the real world. Good wholesome moral and ethical teachings should be a mandatory thing, in fact be a prerequisite to get their diploma. Then maybe we'll start paying them to stay in school!
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
Exactly!!!! You hit the nail on the head. Thanks my friend :)
@wolfie34 (26791)
• United Kingdom
9 Jun 07
Well that takes the bleeding biscuit that does, of all the damn stupid, idiotic, pathetic schemes, you think you've heard the worse until another dolt in his ivory tower comes up with this preposterous idea and drops it on the peasants like burning hot oil. More madness to add to the already mad world we live in. I say no too, we never had this or need for this in our day and age, is it any wonder kids turn out the way they do in this day and age. We had hug a hoodie scheme from one of our so called politicians. Do even get me started, oh I have, sorry (blushes) I will get off my rant box now!
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
I'm so glad you agree with me wolfie. Seems like everyone has to be paid for everything now a days lol
• United States
9 Jun 07
I heard a news story about this not too long ago. I think they were doing it in Texas and had talked about doing it in Oklahoma. I know Ohio does it, they pay up to $100 but that $100 is basically gift cards good to use only at certain businesses around the town. So I have to wonder if the payment is area businesses and such making donations and not our tax dollars at work. I personally think it is a great way to make children study harder and really earn an education as long as the payments do not come out of the general fund that school have. The schools around here have enough problems buying the things needed they don't have extra to pay for good grades.
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@mssnow (9493)
• United States
9 Jun 07
The news story i heard was in new york and they said they would be paying cash. if its gift certificates that businesses donate then that would be better. But not cash from the school funds.
@bcl_me (583)
• Philippines
9 Jun 07
i think that is a very good idea. kids will study much harder to earn money...i remember how my parents gave some money when i get high scores in exam sometimes they even buy new pants or new shirts which made me so happy as a kid and that encourages me to study harder coz i am expectibg a price from my parents...we belong to the poor families so if the price should come from the school it would really help much the families of my bracket.
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@whyaskq (7531)
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
I heard of parents doing such. However, this is the first time I heard schools doing such. It is indeed not fair as it incalcates a wrong value to the students. I feel that schools are more effective in drilling values compared to the parents.