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Should Students Get Paid For Good Grades Essay

  • Yes, it would make them strive to do more.

    If children are paid for better grades, they will want to do better in school. We don't have to pay children for D's and F's, this is rewards for GOOD GRADES, not just for being at school. When students are paid for good grades, they learn that working hard and making good choices does have its rewards. They will try to make better grades, in the hopes of earning more money. Children will also learn responsibility and the value of money; rather than just begging Mom and Dad for all the toys and video games they want, they will work harder and save up for their next purchase. Moreover, many schools have fundraisers for various charities and projects. Rather than dragging Mom across the neighborhood to sell cookies and making Dad bug his coworkers to buy chocolates, the students will buy these on their own, and help the school itself.

  • People get paid to work, right?

    When people go to work they work their shift and get paid according to their hourly wage or salary. What do students get? A high five, a letter, or a missed recess if they don't do well. If they were paid for every A, or a passing score on a standardized test, wouldn't that motivate them to do better? Don't adults perform better when a bonus or a promotion is at stake? now, who would do the paying is the real question.

  • Yes they should.

    Kids would be smarter because they want money. Kids these days don't listen to teachers because they believe it is a waste of time but if they get paid for good grades, they would listen and they would be smarter. They would also have a better chance at having a good job. If kids get money for good grades, they would have a better chance of getting a good college education. It would be easier for teachers to teach because the students would know that if they did not listen, they would not get any money. Also, kids would not be tardy because if they missed anything, they may not receive a good grade.

  • Yes, of course.

    You work at school.
    You work at a job.
    You can learn at school.
    You can learn from a job.
    You get paid at a job.
    Not at school.
    What's the difference?
    You go to work because you need money. Very rarely because you enjoy it. Same at school.
    Many kids don't like school or pay attention because they don't get anything out of it. People opposing say it is just bribing them to work; what about a career? Is that bribing you to work too?
    Not to mention the money can be saved and used to get into college with the assistance of the newly motivated-to-gain grades. More kids would attend school, too. They'd get more money from it.
    Not to mention some truly smart children such as myself can't earn any money due to age restrictions. They have many talents and smarts, but earn nothing in return other than on occasion, "satisfaction".
    It would benefit everyone greatly to have students be paid for such efforts.

  • Kids should get paid

    I think kids should get paid for doing their homework because it would encourage them to actually do something and they can earn money and good grades so they won't get held back in school and they will also try their best in classes and teachers won't be stressed out because we don't complete an assignment.

  • Payed For Good Grades

    I am a student. Mostly As and Bs. I would LOVE to be payed more money for my hard work and think of this students would try harder if they new they would be payed. For example if your a really smart kid and you need money for college thats a way to save up. Also many high school students are dropping out maybe if money was offered they would stay and at least try!

    - Meh! Secret! :PP

  • It would encourage success.

    I think that offering students a monetary reward for performing well in school would encourage students to try harder to get good grades. There are a lot of students who just don't care enough to make an effort, and offering money in return for success would give those students a reason to pay attention and to make the effort.

  • Paid for Grades

    Kids should get paid for good grades because then they might actually try harder in school. A lot of kids just slack off and don't care about there grades. Kids want money and if you pay them to do good during school, it will help. Some kids might not go along with it because they'll probably think its just a way to bribe them. (In a way, you are actually bribing them.) I guarantee that most kids will have higher grades and will do better in school if you actually give them something they want. Schools will also be in favor of this because it makes them look smarter and better.

  • Kids should get paid.

    Kids would would what to earn more money, and money ''talks'' louder. Kids would want to earn money by listening. Especially the kids who have bad grades, suffering with subjects, and less money would love this. Then the teachers would be very proud and same to the their parents. The kids would have a better future.

  • We should get rewarded

    As a student I think that we should get paid to do our work the common core half the stuff doesn't come up with the right answers! It's just that the people that don't get good grades should get paid but the straight A's student I mean it would push the students to get the A's that they need to get! But reply if you agree.

  • Theoretically, students should go to school and learn simply for the sheer love of learning and the knowledge that studying hard will eventually land them a good paying job (though that assumption is getting harder and harder to prove in these current economic times). 

    But is learning for the love of learning and a promise of a brighter future enough?

    Or, should we pay our students to learn?

    Isn’t Paying Them Just a Form of Bribery?

    Some may argue that paying students to get good grades, whether they are elementary, middle school, high school or even college students, is akin to bribery.  These people worry that students will always expect a reward for every good action and test and that they won’t be intrinsically motivated to study just for the sake of learning.

    While there is some truth to this concern, the simple fact is that not everyone is a good student.

    Typically, there are those who learn easily, and as such, enjoy it.  I have not paid my son for good grades, but he loves to learn.  He is a voracious reader and reads in his free time.  If he had trouble reading and struggled with school, I just might pay him to get good grades.

    For some students, even older ones, struggling through just for a future promise of a good job is a lot to ask.

    Paying College Students Has Been Proven to Make a Difference

    Even more importantly, research has shown that paying students for good grades can make a difference in their success.

    “The social-policy research group MDRC, a nonpartisan organization,” states that “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. . .was simple:  enroll in college at least half-time, maintain at least a C average and earn $1,000 a semester for up to two terms.  Participants, who were randomly selected, were 30% more likely to register for a second semester than were students who were not offered the supplemental financial aid.  And the participants who were first offered cash incentives in spring 2004. . .were also more likely than their peers to be enrolled in college a year after they had finished the two-term program” (TIME).

    Paying Students Might Keep Them Motivated to Succeed

    Do you think students should get paid for good grades?

    The repercussions as a society for children who do not do well in school or who drop out are serious.  A full 16 percent of students ages 16 to 24 dropped out of high school in 2007 (CNN).   The New York Times offers a more sobering statistic, “Only 7 of 10 ninth graders today will get high school diplomas.”

    What happens to these drop outs? 

    Many become parents at a young age, and to provide for a family on a minimum wage salary is very difficult to do.  Others turn to a life of crime, and then we as a society must pay for their incarceration.

    In turn, if those dropouts can make it through and graduate, they “will obtain higher employment and earnings – an astonishing 50 percent to 100 percent increase in lifetime income – and will be less likely to draw on public money for health care and welfare and less likely to be involved in the criminal justice system.  Further, because of the increased income, the typical graduate will contribute more in tax revenues over his lifetime than if he’d dropped out” (New York Times).

    If they can graduate from high school, they will be much more likely to contribute to the system through taxes rather than draw from it in the form of welfare.

    Of course, paying students for good grades is not the only solution to the high dropout rate.

    However, if there is a student who is wavering between dropping out and staying in school, perhaps a payment for good grades can help compel him to stay in school.

    Chicago public schools are betting that monetary payment will make the difference for students.

    Under a program in conjunction with Harvard University, students at 20 public schools receive $50 for an A, $35 for a B and $20 for a C.  The payments are made after every 5 week grading cycle.  “Students are understandably enthusiastic about the program, and it seems to be working:  86% of students at the top-achieving school took home some money during the last grading interval” (Newser).


    Paying students for good grades is a controversial topic.

    However, more and more high schools and community colleges are offering a structured payment program with success.  At a smaller level, as a parent, you may decide rewarding your kids with good grades is a smart decision which can help encourage them to work harder and succeed.

    And if you don’t want to hand out the cash, you could always reward them with free rewards that businesses offer such as free meals or movie rentals.

    Do you pay your kids for good grades?  Do you approve of programs that pay students?

    Published or updated March 28, 2013.

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