Chicago’s mayor, Mayor Daley, has started doling out cash to students of poverty that make the grade. Chicago Public Schools, arguably one of the most dismal school districts in the country, is paying students up to $4,000 for straight A’s and $1600 for straight C’s.
The mayor argues that “rich”, “suburban” parents pay and reward their children for good grades, so why shouldn’t children of poverty be rewarded for good grades too? But, is it the general public’s responsibility to pay other people’s children for getting good grades and does money for grades really work? Is this going to turn the Chicago Public School achievement around?
Most importantly, do you pay your children for good grades and does it work?
Daley weighed in for the first time on the “Green for Grades” controversy, one day after the first $265,986 in cash rewards were distributed to 1,650 Chicago Public School students.
Critics contend that the bounties are tantamount to “bribery” and that long-term success depends on self-motivation and the love of learning.
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