Should schools offer students incentives for academic performance?

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chuck Fellows (not verified)

A meaningful reward is one

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A meaningful reward is one that is earned. Dangling a target, a goal or a reward in front of an adult or child destroys their need to look within for their strength. If cheating does exist, a reward is it, since we are cheating the recipient of the external reward. Please read page 21 of "Understanding Variation" by Donald Wheeler. When a target is present there are three paths you can take. Students are smart. Which will they pick? Please read "The Freedom Writers Diary" If the learning you offer is meaningful the student, adult or child, will strive from within. I have experienced Erin's students. The need for external rewards is direct evidence of educational failure. It is the destroyer of dreams.
Mrs. Hollis (not verified)

Rewards work - would you

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Rewards work - would you work your job for no reward/no pay? We work for pay & for the good feelings of having done a good job. Education is the "job" for our students, so extrinsic, tangible pay/rewards makes good sense. As these rewarded students continue to succeed & mature, they'll transition to intrinsic rewards coupled with "pay," just as we did.
Shelly (not verified)

I am the lead snowboard

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I am the lead snowboard field trip director at our school. We are working on a program where students can go to the local ski resort if all classes have passing grades. Students must have teachers sign off on a sheet of paper stating that the student has sufficient grades (c's or above). However, I do not agree with the idea of recieving money for doing well on an exam.
Sharon Elin (not verified)

Am I imagining the trend

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Am I imagining the trend that our culture is promoting "entitlement"? It seems like a spoiled attitude to expect that material rewards are the end result of every endeavor. We're not training puppies to perform; we're teaching humans to think. Our approval and encouragement should be the only extrinsic motivator, and the students' feeling of accomplishment and mastery should be the intrinsic motivator. All the candy and dollars in the world won't develop a sense of self esteem. That's why paying for grades won't work in the long run. Accomplishment and satisfaction are the biggest motivators. Take, for example, teachers... do we work for the big bucks or because we want to make a difference?
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