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Chicago Students Receive Money For Good Grades

Thursday, December 4, 2008 2 comments

More than 1,650 freshman public school students in Chicago have received money for good and even average grades. The money is coming from a Harvard University education research laboratory and private. "Every five weeks, students receive $50 for A’s, $35 for B’s and $20 for C’s. Students get half the money now and collect the rest only if they graduate." Money for C's, are they serious!?

Chicago is not the only ones doing this nor did they start the trend. "New York City has a similar program that rewards students for grades. Since 2005, Bronzeville High School, formerly the Bronzeville Academic Center in Chicago, has paid out more than $45,000 to 41 students who have maintained a 2.5 grade-point average, have an 85 percent attendance record and show leadership qualities, officials said."

So what is the purpose of this? "Roland Fryer, the Harvard economics professor heading the program, told students he dropped out of school and began selling drugs until family members and others “invested” in him. “This is investing in you. This is what it’s all about,” Fryer said." Isn't there enough incentive to just have a job? Why do we feel we have to entice or actually a better word may be bribe kids to do things that is expected of them? I don't like school, but I do what is necessary to improve my life.


2 comments: to “ Chicago Students Receive Money For Good Grades so far...

  • RightMichigan.com December 4, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    When I was a kid we'd get $20 for a straight A report card. Of course, that came out of my parents pocket book and no one elses.

    Can only imagine how much more an incentive it'd be to make THOUSANDS.


  • MikeT December 5, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    2.5 GPA? Is that it? If you can't do that in a modern public school without much effort, then you're not worth investing money into your education.

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