Should children be paid for getting good grades in school?

@sudalunts (5526)
United States
October 22, 2008 12:55pm CST
Personally, I think that going to school and getting good grades should be the goal of all children. I believe they should be rewarded for doing a good job in school, but I do not think it should be monetary. An extra hour of TV or make them a special treat that they like I think should be sufficient, but to pay X amount of dollars for every A or B, I do not think so. What is your opinion about this?
6 responses
• India
22 Oct 08
instead of giving cash in hands of students it can be rewarded in the form of points which may be redeemed in next session in form of relief in fees...thts a better idea i think n it will surely motivate students to work hard...giving money can make them greedy dear!!! thts wht i think!!!
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Good point, thanks for responding.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
22 Oct 08
My son does not get paid for good grades. He does not get grounded for good grades. If he brings home bad grades he gets grounded from the things he finds the most fun. It seems to work.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I think the reward or punishment should be something they enjoy doing. Either let them do more of it or take it away from them.
@tinkerick (1257)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Well it is very dependent on the overall situation - how well-off the family is, how spoiled the kids are, and their environment. For our kids, (we're a lower middle-class working family) we just started a monetary program with the two middle-schoolers. One is an average student and the other is a potential straight A student. They both hate homework. In order to motivate them to work harder my husband offered them $2 for every A they get on a test or on their report card. This has had noticeable effects already. We do have a clause however, that if they get a bad grade (D or lower) - it nullifies one of their good grades and they do not get paid for that one.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Okay, I see where you are coming from, and I think your plan is fair. Wishing you and your children well
@Shar11 (419)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I recently read an article about a city that was paying seniors in HS for attending and making good grades.. At first this did sound silly to me until I read more about it. I guess in this one district (a district filled with poverty) There were a lot of kids that had to leave school or were failing in school because of the time they needed to take jobs.. They had to work to help thier family survive. It's pretty sad to me that the one way to break out of the cycle of poverty is through a good education, but the poverty itself holds these kids back from getting that education in so many ways.. The more I read about the wonderful things this program was doing..The more I felt it was a good thing.. So I guess it depends on the situation..
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Thanks for sharing, I have not heard of this, in situations like this, in order to keep the kids in school I think it is a good idea.
@bbsr13 (4198)
• India
22 Oct 08
Hello! I always encourage my children by rewarding them according to their merit in the exams.That really boost their morale and study deeply to do even better in the next exams.But the reward must be a judicious one so that that will have no adverse effect on his career.thanx.This I have experimented with my grand son who is doing fine in his school exams.thanx.
@farjun (135)
• Israel
22 Oct 08
no.. they need to lern that life is more importent then money.. however they should get something for thier hard work.. like say a trip to the park or even a good word might help... remmber!