Earn while you learn

@Lotspace (135)
United States
February 8, 2008 4:05pm CST
Do you think it is right to pay the kids and earn money by studying their lessons?
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3 responses
• United States
8 Feb 08
My feeling is, why not? I know that learning is its own reward, but if a child feels unmotivated and can't understand the importance of learning, why not make money the incentive? If a parent is going to give an allowance anyway, making it contingent on grades doesn't seem like a bad way to go. It could be a double edged sword, though, because what if a parent gets into a jam and can't afford the extra pocket money. You wouldn't want your kid to not study until paid... Perhaps it could be more like a bonus upon getting better grades... I wonder what a child psychologist's view would be.
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@Lotspace (135)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Good views.
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• United States
9 Feb 08
Dear Lotspace, Thank you. This is based on my experience growing up, since I don't have children. If I were a kid, I would think that the better my grades, the more disposed my parents would be to increasing my allowance :-)
@buwald (271)
• Netherlands
8 Feb 08
i think its certainly a good thing to improve the attitude some students got, but i think that it should not be promoted to learn just for the cash.
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@Lotspace (135)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I think you are the fastest reader online. You reply within few minutes. I think you are rigth about that.
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@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
8 Feb 08
Up through middle school or junior high I don't think so. The stuff they are learning is what they will need to earn after they leave school. Once you get to senior high then you have to decide why they are there. Is it a program that is a business or vocational program, then maybe that could be part of the education. Learning that you get paid for what you do. The only point to this is you need to be doing productive work, so only if it's doing something that can in return be paid for. If it is a college prep program then I think that they are learning for the specific postition, so pay for studying wouldn't be the same. So in that situation I would say no. The learning pays off later in the real world.
@Lotspace (135)
• United States
8 Feb 08
That's right.
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