Published on February 16th, 2012 | by Kim LaCapria0
School Pays Students to Show Up, and Some People Have a Problem With This
Remember what a pain in the ass it was to get up and get to school at the crack of dawn every day?
Would you have been more motivated to not play hooky if you had a cash reward waiting for you at the end of each week of perfect attendance? Can you imagine a program where kids are paid to do what kids have been doing since we liberated most of them from factories about a century ago?
A Cleveland school district is doing just that, much to the consternation of- well, everyone that is not on the attendance payroll. According to a local CBS affiliate, the Dohn Community High School is paying older students $25 and younger ones $10 (it isn’t clear if that is weekly or daily) to attend class and arrive on time, and despite the criticism, school officials are defending the program. The school’s CEO (CEO?) Ken Furrier said:
“Our student population is 90 percent poverty… I think the thing that many parents have to realize is that these kids are very poor. They don’t have all the benefits suburban kids have.”
Although the program does come at a time of intense outrage aimed at social programs, it does stand to reason that results trump stinginess, and if it improves dropout rates, it’s cheaper than new textbooks or classroom decor. Do you think paying kids to go to school is a terrible idea?