Dienstag, 26. Januar 2010


Should Students Be Paid to Do Well in School?

Some high school students in France will be paid in exchange for attending classes on a regular basis.

This is exactly what's happening in a pilot program in France that started this month at three vocational high schools in disadvantaged suburds of Paris. Accounts will be set up for two classes containing around $3000 apiece. If the students maintain good attendance records and reach performance targets agreed upon with their teachers, reward payments will be added to their class account. But here's the catch: students can't go and spend the money on a new iPod or an Xbox but can only use it to finance a school-related project or endeavor. Philippe Vrand, president of Public School Students group: "...We should spend this money making sure vocational students can get into the programs they want. Instead, students are being paid off ot compensate [for] their boredom." In the US more than a dozen states have started rewarding students with cash for improved test scores and enrollment in advanced-placement courses. adapted from TIME, Oct.09

What do you think? A good idea or a complete waste of money? Should money play such an important role in schools?


  1. I think its good idea, but i think they should be able to spend it at the end of the year. i think school should be like a job u get paid ever class hour you go to and then at the end of the year you get the money for the summer ahead

  2. This is a good idea, compensation for boredom. It will also help pay for college and because it cannot be used on entertainment it will go to good use. However, who will be the one to pay for it, the taxpayer? If it can be done without waste or corruption then I agree with it.


  3. My personal opinion is i think that money should be involved in school. People would stay in school longer and actually get an education which is needed! I also think that the amount of money should vary with the grade you get. If you get a good grade you get paid more than the grades that are not as well. If this happened more people would probably try harder and the world would be more educated and smarter. Also many kids would not have to work and stress about work when they know they can get paid. Also many people would have more jobs for the adults. Well bye for now!!!

  4. Well, on the one hand it's probably right that kids would learn harder, when they got money for their grades. But to be honest, I think it's a stupid idea to give pupils money for what they do. There are so many children (in africa and so on) who would be so glad if they had the possibility to go to school! School is not a job, it's your preparation for a seccessful life and if you're to blind to recognize that, it's your own fault. If those pupils are so keen on earning money, then they should get themselves a job.
    And the other poblem is, just as Ryan said: Who should pay them?!

  5. The government would pay for the education. Many kids would love to go to school if they were paid but they would have to take advantage of the oppertunity. Its no our fault that Africa won't get a proper government together and use its resources to its advantage but you are also right about people needing to not take there education for granted in these more developed countries!!!

  6. I agree with Anna. It's not a good idea to pay students, if they need money they can get a job. This system would cost millions and it would be better to invest this in our (not very good)school system.