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Follow TIME Back in the day, a good report card earned you a parental pat on the back, but now it could be money in your pocket. Experiments with cash incentives for students have been catching on in public-school districts across the country, and so has the debate over whether they are a brilliant tool for hard-to-motivate students or bribery that will destroy any chance of fostering a love of learning.
See TIME's special report on paying for college. According to a study released today by the social-policy research group MDRC, a nonpartisan organization perhaps best known for evaluating state welfare-to-work programs, cash incentives combined with counseling offered "real hope" to low-income and nontraditional students at two Louisiana community colleges.
The program for low-income parents, funded by the Louisiana Department of Social Services and the Louisiana Workforce Commission, was simple: Read "Putting College Tuition on Plastic. And they showed psychological benefits too, reporting more positive feelings about themselves and their abilities to accomplish their goals for the future.
MDRC, by the way, was created in by the Ford Foundation and a group of federal agencies; originally named the Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, it now goes only by the abbreviation.
Given that the follow-up study of the program was disrupted as the schools struggled to rebuild enrollment and facilities in the wake of Katrina, it's difficult to draw any long-term conclusions about the effects that cash incentives will have on community-college students.
However, there could soon be more data to parse: Despite the study's impressive, albeit short-term results, some critics in higher education are concerned that cash incentives will encourage students to start taking easier courses to ensure they'll do well enough to pocket the money.
But those involved with the study note that particularly in this economy, cash incentives could help part-time students devote more hours to their studies. Faced with soaring bills for tuition, books and housing, many college students need a job just to get by.
In the Louisiana program, all the participants were low-income parents, three-quarters of whom were unmarried or living without a partner.Should Students Get Paid for Test Scores? A new study finds that school systems could benefit from paying students for improved performance. Should Children Be Paid for Doing Chores?
(i.e., rewards for behaviors you want to see happen again) always goes a long way for developing good habits. It’s important to provide some kind of reinforcement for children doing chores, whether it’s money, a chance to do something fun on the weekend, or a high five or “Nice work on the.
Whether kids get paid for the grades they earn or not, they've worked hard to get them. The issue is if that hard work should be rewarded and if so should it be rewarded with cash from parents.
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Should kids be paid for good grades? By Linda and Richard Eyre @ It seems good today to get back to good old parenting and the fascinating and challenging micro-issues that come up in our day. However, Kobliner writes, it's OK to pay for extra jobs around the house.
If your kids are looking for some spending money, commission them for a job that you'd otherwise hire someone else to do. Feb 12, · A weekly allowance from parents is a rite of passage for many children.
But should children be paid to do chores? Ron Lieber, the New York Times personal finance columnist and author of the new book “The Opposite of Spoiled,” argues that because parents don’t get paid for family housework, neither should the kids.
Even so, Mr. Lieber says he believes an allowance is an .