A for Effort?

Last week, our friend Claire told us about a phenomenon in her child’s school – parent’s giving their middle school aged kids $100 for each subject they received an A!  Some of our friends were horrified and could not believe parents were offering to pay up for good grades. Others thought it might not be such a bad idea to offer a cash incentive.  So – what do you think? Should school work be tied to money? Does it cheapen the idea of ‘knowledge for the sake of knowledge’ if a child’s motivation is money?  Or is it just a taste of the real world?

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2 Responses to “A for Effort?”

  1. Lori says:

    First of all, giving a kid $100. for an A is insane. Nothing like creating a monster. Besides that, I think this is a difficult question. I think it is natural to want to show your child how proud you are of them and what a great job they did….it is important to make a fuss and acknowledge their efforts. However, the recognition should be reasonable and not over the top. Maybe a special dinner, maybe a new something they have wanted, or maybe $20 bucks if they have been saving for something special. The idea is to acknowledge them, devalue anything. Certainly, not good training for the real world.

  2. Sarah says:

    I remember my friends getting paid for good grades and I was lucky if I got a “good job” from my parents. I was always money motivated and wanted the cash! But now I don’t think paying for good grades is a good idea. It just spoils kids instead of teaching them that hard work now leads to your own money later. If you want your kids to live at home forever, go ahead, pay them for good grades. If you want your kids to grow up to be capable adults you’re better off teaching them hard work and longterm goals.

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