Alexis Avila Founder/President of Prepped & Polished reacts to Time Magazine’s recent cover story: Should Kids Be Bribed to Do Well in School?

Pro: Kids who got paid did better on standardized tests.
Con: You can find other ways to motivate students to succeed in school.

Time magazine on April 8th had an article cover story: should kids be bribed to do well in school, bribe with money? There are pros and cons to this issue.


One pro is that they found that kids who receive payment actually did better on their standardized tests and then overall, if the incentives are designed wisely indeed, you know, payments can boost a child’s performance. The promise of financial rewards can provide a much-needed motivational boost, particularly in academic settings.


Now, one big con would be, well, you know, after these kids receive money in $20 bills, will they still want to learn if, you know, they don’t receive some kind of form of payment? Will they be motivated to learn? So my take on this is there are other ways, other than money, to motivate students intrinsically. You can give them prizes or grant them freedom, but it doesn’t have to be money.

So I encourage you to read this Times magazine article; I’m sure it’s going to stir a reaction, and please let me know what you think.

I will talk to you soon.

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