“Hey kids: I’ll give you $50 for that A!”
Have you ever paid your kids for getting good grades?
It’s a controversial practice to some who argue that it’s akin to bribing kids for studying hard and getting A’s—something they should be doing on their own anyway.
To many parents, however, it’s a way to get their kids to focus on academics, work diligently, albeit by keeping their eyes on the prize—the cold, hard cash for each good mark.
So, how much is an A worth? Or a straight-A report card? It depends on the parents and the child.
For one New Jersey father, it’s worth a lot: the dad pays $100 to each of his sons for a report card with all A’s. And if the boys maintain A’s all year, they get $1,000. Each.
Before you jump in your car and head to the nearest ATM, keep in mind that not all kids are motivated by the dangling cash carrot.
Though it’s hard to image this not working for most American teenagers.
What about children with learning disabilities? SchoolFamily.com blogger Livia McCoy argues that it's not a fair practice for these kids because the effort they often put in on homework and tests isn't necessarily reflected in the grades they get.
What do you think about all this? Take our poll and let us know if you’ve ever paid your children for good grades.